Trash vs. Garbage: Is There a Difference?


I’m guessing that if someone asks you to take out the trash, your reaction would probably be the same as if they asked you to take out the garbage. You might defer at first (using the ol’ “I’ll do it later, honey!” excuse), but eventually, you’d walk over to your trash/garbage can and take it out. Because trash and garbage are the same thing, right?

Well, not quite.

Henry Reich of MinuteEarth gives us a quick primer on the difference linguistically. And if you’re wondering whether to watch the video, let me just say that it involves a fifteenth-century recipe for giblets. So, yes, you clearly should watch.

What do you think about how the words have evolved? Is it all a pile of rubbish?

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