garbage vs. trash
maynor at CS.MSSTATE.EDU
Mon Jan 22 19:25:57 UTC 2001
Lynne Murphy wrote:
> > We might mention 'rubbish'. This suggests the stuff left over from a
> > construction site. It's outdoor trash, and much of it would seem to be
> > incombustible.
> Now, here our intuitions vary. To me, rubbish would be paper waste or
> rags, not construction waste. And it would definitely be burnable. But
> maybe I've lived outside the US too long to have American 'rubbish'
I can't remember ever having heard anybody in the USA use the word
"rubbish" except figuratively. Calling trash or garbage rubbish
strikes me as very British.
--Natalie Maynor (maynor at ra.msstate.edu)
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