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  • Trash vs. Garbage - is there a difference? Well, my grandmother taught me that trash

  • means plastic, leaves, metal, tires, wood, etc, and garbage means food waste - I guess

  • what we might now call compost. This linguistic distinction wasn't something I'd ever learned

  • in school - I mean, to me, this is a trash can and this is a garbage can. But the Oxford

  • English Dictionary records "trash" as originally meaning broken or torn pieces of wood, twigs,

  • splinters, cuttings from a hedge, straw, etc. while "garbage" originally meant giblets of

  • a fowl or entrails and waste parts of an animal. In fact, the earliest record of the word "garbage"

  • in English is in a fifteenth-century cookbook recipe for giblets: "Take fayre garbagys of

  • chykonys, as þe hed, þe fete, þe lyuerys, an þe gysowrys; washe hem clene, an caste

  • hem in a fayre potte." And so forth.

  • So grandma was right! These days, however, many of us in the US use the words 'garbage'

  • and 'trash' interchangeably. And if you live in the British Isles... well, Rubbish.

Trash vs. Garbage - is there a difference? Well, my grandmother taught me that trash

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    Halu Hsieh posted on 2013/10/04
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