PET in general use?
gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue Nov 15 21:13:15 UTC 2011
On Nov 15, 2011, at 12:51 PM, Alice Faber wrote:
> On 11/15/11 3:23 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>> I first heard petto botoru (PET bottle) about twenty years ago in Japan, referring to the bottles made out of polyethylene terephthalate. In Japan, hard plastic is called purasuchikku (plastic) and soft plastic such as used for bags is called ビニール (vinyl); as neither word for "plastic" is appropriate for plastic bottles, it seems PET was adopted.
>> When translating petto or PET to English, I therefore use "plastic."
>> I was surprised last night to find "PET bottles" listed as contents on the side of a Mr. Beer beer crafting kit.
>> I see that the word is used in community forums discussing their PET bottles:
>> The OED has PET back to 1965, with another citation in 1991 (nothing on the AHD). The 1965 citation is chemical and the 1991 is garbage-related, so neither seem to be indicative of popular usage.
>> I don't imagine people latching onto PET soon for plastic Coke bottles, but at least the beer-crafting segment of the population is becoming acquainted with the term.
> I would imagine that the craft brewers would care more about the precise
> chemical composition of their bottles than civilians would.
I'm skeptical that the actual composition makes a difference. It's a type of plastic for holding beer.
It crossed my mind that perhaps they are using PET as a subtle marketing ploy to imply their plastic bottles are superior, and not just cheapos thrown in the kit. Based on the community forum use, that strategy works.
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