Post by Mack A. Damia Post by Ken Blake Post by Mack A. Damia Post by Ken Blake Post by Mack A. Damia Post by Stefan Ram
German web pages often explain that porridge is a food
popular in England, so I was surprised when I heard a
Russian teacher say in a video (explaining «????»): "I know
that English-speaking people don't say 'porridge' anymore.".
|does anyone actually use the word porridge outside of fairy tales?
. But I still think that what the the Russian teacher said is
exaggerated (or maybe she was referring to the American use?).
I'm sure that in England people still use "porridge" when
When I was a child, "porridge" was the standard. I don't recall ever
hearing "oatmeal". It may have changed.
As I understand it, "porridge" means "hot cereal." Oatmeal is not
porridge; it's a *type* of porridge, although perhaps the most common kind.
Oatmeal (Quaker Oats) is what it is called in the USA, at least from
Quaker Oats is a *brand* of oatmeal. Not all Oatmeal is Quaker Oats.
If you order "oatmeal" in a diner in the USA, you will get what the
English call "porridge". Quaker Oats happens to be the most popular
brand in America with lots of varieties.
Yes, it's the most popular brand that is sold to customers in grocery
stores in the USA. But "most popular brand of oatmeal" is not
synonymous with "oatmeal," and that was the point I was making.
If you order "oatmeal" in a diner in the USA, it is *highly* unlikely
that Quaker Oats is what you get. What you will get is not any brand,
and the diner doesn't buy it in packages; it buys generic oatmeal in
bulk, since it's much cheaper that way.
As I said, "I have oatmeal for breakfast almost every day, but it's
never Quaker Oats." It's generic oatmeal that I buy in bulk, just as the
Post by Mack A. Damia
Quaker Oats now markets "Porridge to go" in the UK - fruit-flavored
breakfast squares made from oats of course.
I have tried steel cut oats, but I am not crazy about them.
Same here, but my reason is different from almost everyone else's I
don't cook my oatmeal. I eat it raw, with milk poured over it, just as
if it were Wheaties or Corn Flakes. That's the way I like it best. That
wouldn't work with steel-cut oats.
Post by Mack A. Damia Post by Ken Blake
I have oatmeal for breakfast almost every day, but it's never Quaker Oats.
Post by Mack A. Damia
I have never heard it as "porridge".
Nor have I.