LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||03/ABR/2012 10:03 PM|
|Assunto:||Question about garbage|
Main Entry: trash [trash]
Show Spelled Part of Speech: noun Definition: garbage Synonyms: debris, dregs, droppings, dross, excess, filth, fragments, junk, leavings, litter, oddments, odds and ends, offal, pieces, refuse, residue, rubbish, rubble, rummage, scourings, scrap, scraps, scum*, sediment, shavings, sweepings, waste
Notes: debris is the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up; garbage is food that is discarded or useless rubbish or a receptacle where rubbish is discarded; trash is worthless material that is to be disposed or a worthless or contemptible person Antonyms: assets, possessions, valuables
Few can be failed to be saddened by pictures of albatross chicks that have died after consuming plastic marine litter.
My note: litter might or not be anything that could be strewn, scattered, say in smaller chuncks that "debris''. In Portuguese would be "lixo" as in the plastic bags that litter some Brazil beaches, or the litter that alpinists leave behind when they
climb the Everest Mountain, cups, plastics, things scattered all over the way. Sometimes our roads curb gets littered for
things thrown by car drivers or their occupants, but if the driver is caught it will be fined.
Rubbish could be any of the ones above.
So, this is the basics. But it´s not supposed to be a fit-for-all cases, they can be flexible
in usage. That is, sometimes rubish may come with the meaning of "debris" (say the remains of a building etc, something big) other times may refer to pure and simply trash or litter. Context is everything!
With time and train you will get used with any of these meanings.
Ah, synomyns takes two "Ys".
Madá, thanks for your answer. Mine is just a complementary one, you know, they say that two heads works better than one! Kinda teamwork, okay?
BTW, congrats on helping others out and participating in the effort to enrich our vocabulary. ;-)
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