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    what is sprouts?

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    Once this new drug application had been discovered, intravenous eculizumab therapy was used to save the lives of a large number of people. "Our report was published during the massive E. coli outbreak in May and June in Germany, which allowed us to break the news and alert physicians," explains Dr. Lapeyraque. During the outbreak, about 4,000 people in Europe fell ill by eating contaminated sprouts.

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    #3

    Re: what is sprouts?

    Thanks.

    But I suspect sprouts can also be:


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    Re: what is sprouts?

    In BrE, the word 'sprouts' normally means 'brussels sprouts', unless 'bean sprouts' has already been used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    In BrE, the word 'sprouts' normally means 'brussels sprouts', unless 'bean sprouts' has already been used.
    Cool.

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    #6

    Re: what is sprouts?

    Interestingly, in the healthfood shop where I work, our customers and staff simply refer to beansprouts as sprouts. At Christmas, we specifically stocked "Brussels sprouts". The sprouts we stock are the type shown by NewHopeR and we have alfalfa sprouts, alfalfa and broccoli, alfalfa and radish, mung ...

    It has taken me some time to get used to because previously if someone said to me "Do you have any sprouts?", I would immediately think of Brussels sprouts. Perhaps location is important. The people who shop in my shop are far more likely to be looking for the beansprout type item.

    With the story quoted by the OP, it was certainly the beansprout type which was apparently to blame for the E. Coli outbreak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    With the story quoted by the OP, it was certainly the beansprout type which was apparently to blame for the E. Coli outbreak.
    My feeling that the word 'certainly' is justified only by the later mention of alfala sprouts. Had it not bean been for that, this speaker of BrE would have assumed (wrongly, it seems) that brussels sprouts were being referred to,

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    Sorry, I should have made it clear that I only said "certainly" because it was a very big story in the healthfood world at the time and a lot of our customers stopped buying our sprout products for fear that they might be contaminated. We received a lot of messages from our suppliers confirming that the sprouts they provide did not come from the affected areas and were perfectly safe. So my "certainly" came simply from my own knowledge of the story and the type of sprouts which were involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    ... it was a very big story in the healthfood world at the time
    Strangely enough, It went unnoticed in the smoking alcoholics' pork-and-dumpling world.
    Last edited by 5jj; 13-Jan-2012 at 15:32. Reason: typo

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    #10

    Re: what is sprouts?

    In the US, sprouts usually refers to alfalfa or beansprouts, but if you were looking for them in a market, you'd have to be specific. Brussels sprouts are always referred to by their complete name.

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