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why chips, not fries?

25.09.06, 18:56
in CAN and US people always say "fries"
but it's "fish and chips" not "fish and fries"
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  • chickenbaby 25.09.06, 20:12
    ontarian napisał:

    > in CAN and US people always say "fries"
    > but it's "fish and chips" not "fish and fries"

    There is slightly deference between fries and chips though. Fries are thin like
    in McD, instead chips are more like potato wedges.
  • ontarian 25.09.06, 20:56
    well, I haven't noticed any difference
    in fries and chips
    not all fries are thin
    even in a supermarket
    when I go to a frozen section
    I see different sizes of fries
    potato wedges are simply potato wedges
  • enlightened 25.09.06, 21:04
    As far as "potato wedges", I've often heard them called "home fries" in the U.S.
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    moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving,
    subsidize it." - Ronald Reagan
  • zettrzy 25.09.06, 21:27
    home fries to sa normalne przypiekane kartofelki, i moga byc kazdego ksztaltu
    fries sie smazy w oleju
    roznica nie polega na ksztalcie tylko na technologii przyrzadzania
    --
    reszty nie trzeba

    MAKE STYLE NOT WAR
  • waldek.usa 26.09.06, 17:03
    chickenbaby napisał:

    >
    > There is slightly deference between fries and chips though. Fries are thin
    like in McD, instead chips are more like potato wedges.



    slightly (like in 'slightly wrong')

    Pronunciation: 'de-f&-r&n(t)s, 'def-r&n(t)s
    Function: noun
    : respect and esteem due a superior or an elder; also : affected or
    ingratiating regard for another's wishes
    synonym see HONOR
    - in deference to : in consideration of <returned early in deference to her
    parents' wishes>

    in McD??? at McD...

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    Panowie wybieraja Panie, Panow wybiera policja...Z szaconkiem, bo sie skonczy zle!
  • ontarian 26.09.06, 17:16
    dzisiaj mozesz byc dumny z sygnaturki
  • hanula 25.09.06, 23:08
    I guess it's because "fish and chips" has been adopted into American English from Br English as a whole idiomatic phrase (together with the dish itself).

    Similarly, despite the fact that it's supposed to be "biscuits" in BrE and "cookies" in AmE, you will find "chocolate chip cookies" in British supermarkets. They are a typically American invention and as such have retained their original name.

    As far as the difference between "fries" and "chips" in British English goes: yes, "fries" are thin and "chips" are thick. "Potato wedges" are different in that they are shaped like, surprise surprise, wedges, and typically have skin on, whereas chips (and fries) normally don't.
  • chickenbaby 26.09.06, 15:28
    Above all, there is a British term for American "French Fries" (even though
    they really come from Belgium!) which describes the thin cut, more processed
    potato fries from i.e McD's or Burger King and other fast food outlets, home-
    fried, or shop bought "oven" fries. This term is ... yes - FRIES!!!
    On the other hand-British "Chips", bought mostly in the traditional chip
    shop ,are deep fried in vats of oil with salt & vinegar, greasy and
    fat,terribly unhealthy, don't appear to exist outside UK and Ireland.What
    Americans call "chips" or "potato chips" are called "crisps" in Britain.



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  • hanula 26.09.06, 20:05
    > On the other hand-British "Chips", bought mostly in the traditional chip
    > shop ,are deep fried in vats of oil with salt & vinegar, greasy and
    > fat

    You should have tried sources other than cheap takeaways! Freshly fried chips in a good British restaurant are excellent. And they are not always served with vinegar. After all, chips are not just served with battered fish (and therefore lemon or vinegar) but are also the traditional side dish for steaks.
  • steph13 26.09.06, 22:15
    Well, British chips do not have to be deep fried in vats of fat - they can be
    easily oven baked too. Or even home made to boot. And outside MacDonalds or
    Burger King you wouldn't call them 'fries' for love nor money. Logically, they
    really are 'chips' or strips of potato and it's the American version that
    implies frying as preferred method of preparation.
  • ontarian 26.09.06, 17:53
    hanula napisała:

    > I guess it's because "fish and chips" has been adopted into American English
    fr
    > om Br English as a whole idiomatic phrase (together with the dish itself).
    to jest w sumie najbardziej przekonywujace
  • ampolion 26.09.06, 21:59
    "Fries" ą w rozmaitych postaciach, od słomek po
    sekcje:images.google.com/images?svnum=10&hl=en&lr=lang_en%
    7Clang_pl&q=potato+fries&btnG=Search

    --
    "Mądrej głowie dość dwie słowie".
    Przepisy kulinarne są dłuższe.
  • ampolion 26.09.06, 22:01
    Znowu długiego URL gazeta nie przyjmuje. Można skopiować i wkleić.
    --
    "Mądrej głowie dość dwie słowie".
    Przepisy kulinarne są dłuższe.
  • mudzyn7 27.09.06, 04:01
    man, oh man!

    In Britain they call it: chips, in North America: fries.
    ...I wonder what do they call potato chips in Britain?
  • steph13 27.09.06, 09:39
    We call them 'crisps', unsurprisingly, as they tend to be, well, crispy?
  • karul 30.09.06, 04:31
    musza byc jakies roznice miedzy BrE i AmE. po co ta dyskusja?

    a co do "fish and chips". raz do roku ogarnia mnie nostalgia za takim daniem,
    ide wtedy do jednego z kanadyjskich "F&C places" i zjadam porcje. zaraz potem
    rozumiem, dlaczego nie jadlem tego przez rok - cale to nasycone tluszczem danie
    siedzi potem w zoladku przez pare godzin, powodujac nieprzyjemne wrazenia.

    juz lepiej zjesc polskiego schabowego, ktory tez bardzo niezdrowy.
  • venus22 30.09.06, 09:49
    a ja bardzo lubie F&C ale kupuje w miejscach gdzie wiem ze maja swieze i
    zawsze zamawiam do domu, plus coleslow,
    w tym czasie caly ten tluszcz obcieka w gazete. gazeta do pakowania to
    obowiazkowo!
    (pod gazeta jest czysty papier do "fudu")
    zjadam i jest super!!


    Venus

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