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    #1

    meal paper?

    Hello Everyone,

    During meal, esp out here in China, soft papers are used to wipe month. What the proper name for the paper?

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    #2

    Re: meal paper?

    Paper napkins OR paper serviettes

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    Re: meal paper?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Paper napkins OR paper serviettes
    Are they commonly used in daily English? Can I say " pass me two paper napkins, please."

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    Re: meal paper?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Are they commonly used in daily English? Can I say " pass me two paper napkins, please."
    Yes, and yes.

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    Re: meal paper?

    A couple of asides:

    I used to work with a teacher who was raised in Israel. He stoutly maintained that the cloth or paper item used at mealtimes was a "serviette", and that the word "napkin" only applied to sanitary pads.

    In everyday American usage, I have never heard "serviette" (except from the colleague mentioned above) -- it's always been "napkin".

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    Re: meal paper?

    "Serviette" is French and is used by some English speakers to try to appear "educated", when in fact it makes them appear to be the opposite of that.

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    #7

    Re: meal paper?

    A related question about "napkin" versus "nappies." The latter is diaper in BrE, right? Would you ever use the former?
    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: meal paper?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    A related question about "napkin" versus "nappies." The latter is diaper in BrE, right? Would you ever use the former?
    It's a while since my children were that sort of age, but then it was always "nappies", I have never heard "napkin" in that context.

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    #9

    Re: meal paper?

    I'm sorry - my question was poorly phrased. I mean to confirm that in BrE, "nappies" are what I would call "a diaper" in American English. I didn't mean to say "diapers in BrE."
    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: meal paper?

    Correct -our babies have nappies, US babies have diapers [how smart they must be since diaper is an expensive form of weaving ]

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