garbage vs. trash

Lynne Murphy 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
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School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
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