a box of ice cream

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Hi all,

I remember one time I said "a box of ice cream" to a friend, and the friend said that I should have said "a tub of ice cream".

Is he correct? Or are we both correct?

By "a box", I mean those rectangular plastic containers that hold ice cream and that we regularly see in a supermarket.

Many thanks! :)
  • AnythingGoes

    Senior Member
    English - USA (Midwest/Appalachia)
    I'd call that a carton of ice-cream. It's only a tub if it has rounded-off corners.


    Senior Member
    AE (US English)
    Yes, "carton" sounds better for ice cream. "Box" sounds wrong.

    I know the rectangular containers you are talking about. But I am sure the bottom edges and corners are sealed, so that if the ice cream melts nothing leaks out. A normal box is not like that: it is storing dry things.
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