rubbish / litter / trash

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Senior Member
vietnam vietnamese
Are these words the same meaning or are they different from one another.
1. rubbish
2. litter
3. trash
4. waste
5. garbage
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    These words overlap, but they are not identical.

    Any of the others may become litter if thrown or left in the wrong place.

    Trash is very AE; it is not often used in BE.


    Senior Member
    English (England)
    And rubbish is BE (?) Also "rubbish" is what I would say to disparage what someone says. "Trash" is often used (albeit rather US) to disparage people (trailer trash). I would say that "garbage" is US too, apart from here you do hear "you're talking garbage". "Waste", I think, is either unwanted food or animal effluence.
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