garbage vs. trash
lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Mon Jan 22 16:57:45 UTC 2001
--On Monday, January 22, 2001 9:48 am -0600 "Robert S. Wachal"
<robert-wachal at UIOWA.EDU> wrote:
> For me, trash contains no foodstuff. and garbage is only foodstuff. Note
> 'garbage disposal'.
I wouldn't say that garbage is only foodstuff, but I agree that garbage
contains food. Trash is more paper-y. Which is not to say that I always
make this distinction, but it's how I think of the words.
M Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH
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