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    #1

    White laundry.

    Enter woman carrying a large laundry hamper and asks her daughter:
    D'you have any whites? I'm doing whites.
    Above is a little scene from a television series I was watching tonight. Question: what would she ask if the clothes were colour? Would she refer to them as 'colours'?

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    #2

    Re: White laundry.

    I use 'non-whites' i don't know how common that is.

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    #3

    Re: White laundry.

    At our house we say coloureds.

    Rover

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    #4

    Re: White laundry.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    At our house we say coloureds.

    Rover
    Ours too. (That's two syllables: /`kʌləʣ/ )

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    #5

    Re: White laundry.

    I suspect that 'coloureds' is more common than my 'non-whites'.

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    #6

    Re: White laundry.

    I say "colors," which I believe is more common in the US. "Coloreds" is too reminiscent of an earlier time in our history.

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    #7

    Re: White laundry.

    Thank you all.

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    #8

    Re: White laundry.

    I say "darks."

    I do a load of whites, a load of darks, a load of sheets, a load of towels, etc.

    Probably because I don't use liquid bleach and because I don't have enough truly whites to do a load of whites, my "whites" include pinks, beiges, mint greens, khakis, etc. -- just not the dark reds, dark blues, etc. that might run and ruin your whites (which I guess are really "lights").
    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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    #9

    Re: White laundry.

    Thanks, Barb. Incidentally, I separate in the same way: sheets, towels, darks, and lights (not enough whites). And you get a star for the best laundry classification in the thread. :)

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