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    #1

    washing-up



    a pile of washing-up

    What do Americans say in place of "washing-up"?

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    We "do the dishes."
    There's a pile of dishes to be done.
    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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    I once sat through a truly bad movie years ago (Close My Eyes) just because my heartthrob Alan Rickman was in it, and I was surprised to hear him refer to the dishwasher as "the washing-up machine." I had heard British friends refer to "doing the washing up", but I thought that they'd meant an overall cleaning of the dining area after a meal. It hadn't occurred to me at until I saw the movie (and then did further investigation) that "doing the dishes" was an AmE phrase, and "washing up" was the BrE equivalent.

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    #4

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    That's a pile of dirty dishes.

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    #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    That's a pile of dirty dishes.
    Out of curiosity, if the bowl only contained dirty cups, glasses and crockery but no plates or bowls, would they still be called dirty "dishes"?

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    Yes. When it comes to cleaning utensils and implements used for preparing and eating food, it's all "dishes." And "do the dishes" is understood to mean cleaning them.

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    Re: washing-up

    Thanks for the clarification!

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    #8

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    What is the difference between doing the dishes and washing the dishes? Are they the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Yes, to me they mean the same. The question is, what else would one do with dishes?
    In Greece, throw them on the floor and smash them!

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