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    Question what does the sentence mean?

    I came across such sentences in my textbook: THE YOUNG GREEN CONSUMER GUIDE. FROM FELT TIPS TO RUBBISH TIPS. DISCOVER HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE EARTH.
    I feel puzzled about "felt tips" and "rubbish tips". What do they mean? What does"felt" here mean? Does"tip" here mean advice? Thanks for your replies!
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    Re: what does the sentence mean?

    Marker pen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A "felt tip" is a type of writing instrument.

    "Rubbish tips" I assume refers to hints and advice about how to reduce or reuse garbage.

    It's playing on two different meanings of "tip."

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    Re: what does the sentence mean?

    I feel puzzled about "felt tips" and "rubbish tips". What do they mean? What does"felt" here mean?

    A "felt tip" is a felt tip (or felt-tipped) pen or marker, where the ink flows through a point made of felt, a kind of fibrous material.
    A "rubbish tip" is a large open area of ground where rubbish (garbage, trash) is dumped/tipped.
    As SoothingDave says, "rubbish tips" may be playing on the double meaning.

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    Re: what does the sentence mean?

    A "rubbish tip" is a large open area of ground where rubbish (garbage, trash) is dumped/tipped.
    That's a new one for me. It's a garbage dump in AmE. (Or "landfill" in the euphemism.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    That's a new one for me. It's a garbage dump in AmE. (Or "landfill" in the euphemism.)
    I think "rubbish dump" might have gained some ground in recent years, but in Aust/NZ it's pretty much "rubbish tip" or just "the tip". Local councils do like the "landfill" option as well.

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    Then is it suggesting that a felt-tip pen is not environmental-friendly, like rubbish tips?

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    Re: what does the sentence mean?

    THE YOUNG GREEN CONSUMER GUIDE. FROM FELT TIPS TO RUBBISH TIPS. DISCOVER HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE EARTH.

    This seems to be a headline or book title which suggests that the article/book covers many different topics, including felt tips and rubbish tips. It is not necessarily making a specific link between the two.
    I do know that there is a marker called the Enviroliner that is said to be made from 90% recycled material, so perhaps this is discussed in the article/book.

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    Re: what does the sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Then is it suggesting that a felt-tip pen is not environmental-friendly, like rubbish tips?
    We don't know. You have to keep reading. I can't say from this sentence what felt tips have to do with "saving the earth."

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    #9

    Re: what does the sentence mean?

    I always wondered why waste disposal had "tipping fees" and now I know. Thanks :)
    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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