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    Default Re: FILLED x STUFFED (about food)

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Aha! I was thinking the very same. About usage, is I'm stuffed considered informal in your part of the UK? The reason I ask, it is in Canada; you wouldn't say it at a formal dinner. It's the same in Japan as well; i.e., onaka ga ippai (I'm full), pampam (I'm stuffed). The latter is reserved for friends and (some) family.
    Yes, very informal. Even less formal is 'bursting' or 'full to busting'.

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    Default Re: FILLED x STUFFED (about food)

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Yes, very informal. Even less formal is 'bursting' or 'full to busting'.
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    Interesting cultural differences. In AmE, "stuffed" can be somewhat informal, but if used in the proper context, it's not out of place at, say, a dinner party or business meal. For example, if your host offers you more food and you're completely full, it wouldn't be out of place to say, "No thank you, I'm stuffed. Everything was so delicious, I ate far more than I usually do!" For some reason, saying "I'm full" often implies that you might have some room left for dessert, while "I'm stuffed" indicates to you host that you are completely finished with the meal.

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    Default Re: FILLED x STUFFED (about food)

    You get more posts if food is at the heart of the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Yes, very informal. Even less formal is 'bursting' or 'full to busting'.

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    So, in this case what could I say? "I'm bursting!!"? or "Oh, I'm full to busting"? How can I use those expressions? Is there any difference between "bursting and busting"?

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    Default Re: FILLED x STUFFED (about food)

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    So, in this case what could I say? "I'm bursting!!"? or "Oh, I'm full to busting"? How can I use those expressions? Is there any difference between "bursting and busting"?
    If your host offers you more food, you could decline by saying "No, thanks, I'm about to burst!"


    (This is usually taken as a compliment, meaning the host's food was so delicious that you ate so much as to make you burst.)

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    Default Re: FILLED x STUFFED (about food)

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    So, in this case what could I say? "I'm bursting!!"? or "Oh, I'm full to busting"? How can I use those expressions? Is there any difference between "bursting and busting"?
    Being polite, in BE, you'd have to make it positive: 'The Beef Wellington was lovely - you must give me your recipe. But I honestly couldn't eat another morsel'; the bursting/busting versions are quite informal. Sometimes people regard an abbreviation as making the informality more acceptable: 'full to busting' [informal]; FTB [jocular, and slightly more acceptable in polite society, because it hides the rather graphic image of an exploding stomach - but it's still informal].

    I suspect busting without the R was strictly AmE once, but now I hear both in mainstream BE (in fact, in the phrase 'full to busting' I'd expect no R).

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    Default Re: FILLED x STUFFED (about food)

    So, BobK, I gather the rather very informal "I'm so full I could puke" wouldn't go over well at your house.

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