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    chips, crisps

    chips
    crisps

    Are the above words the same in meaning and interchangeable?

    eg.

    I like all kinds of chips.
    I like all kinds of crisps.
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    crispy
    crunchy

    Are the above words the same in meaning and interchangeable?

    eg.

    The chips are so crispy.
    The crispss are so crunchy.
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    Re: chips, crisps

    In the US, we eat chips, not crisps. It's the same thing with two different names, depending on what country you're in.

    For me, something that is crunchy has more weight. Granola is crunchy.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: chips, crisps

    For me crunchy is just whatever makes the crunchy sound.

    What the Brits call chips, we call French fries.

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    Re: chips, crisps

    Hi freezeframe

    Almost there - traditional British "chips" tend to be much thicker than fast-food "French-fries".

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_fries:
    Americans often refer to any elongated pieces of fried potatoes as fries, while in other parts of the world, most notably the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand [but not Canada?], long, thinly cut slices of fried potatoes are called fries to distinguish them from the thickly cut strips called chips.

    We also used to have what we called "scollops" which were thickly sliced deep-fried potatoes (like thick "crisps").
    scollops - definition of scollops by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    scollop
    - thin slice of meat (especially veal) usually fried or broiled

    Best regards
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    As for me, I prefer Thai banana/sweet potato fritters!

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    Re: chips, crisps

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    Hi freezeframe

    Almost there - traditional British "chips" tend to be much thicker than fast-food "French-fries".

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_fries:
    Americans often refer to any elongated pieces of fried potatoes as fries, while in other parts of the world, most notably the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand [but not Canada?], long, thinly cut slices of fried potatoes are called fries to distinguish them from the thickly cut strips called chips.

    We also used to have what we called "scollops" which were thickly sliced deep-fried potatoes (like thick "crisps").
    scollops - definition of scollops by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    scollop
    - thin slice of meat (especially veal) usually fried or broiled

    Best regards
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    As for me, I prefer Thai banana/sweet potato fritters!
    Thicker ones are fries too. There are also potato wedges. You get those more often in bars.

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    Re: chips, crisps

    For me, an ageing speaker of BrE, these are:

    French Fries: Výsledky obrázk


    Chips: Výsledky obrázk

    Potato wedges: Výsledky obrázk

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    Re: chips, crisps

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    For me, an ageing speaker of BrE, these are:

    French Fries: Výsledky obrázk
    Chips: Výsledky obrázk
    Potato wedges: Výsledky obrázk
    Ditto for me!

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    PS Looks like you've been "Polish-ing" your links!

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    Re: chips, crisps

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    For me, an ageing speaker of BrE, these are:

    French Fries: Výsledky obrázk


    Chips: Výsledky obrázk

    Potato wedges: Výsledky obrázk
    I agree, though I would say fries rather than French fries if I ever ordered them.

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    Re: chips, crisps

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    PS Looks like you've been "Polish-ing" your links!
    More like 'Czech-ing' them out.

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    Re: chips, crisps

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    More like 'Czech-ing' them out.
    Oops! Apologies!
    Regards
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