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    Breeding Ground

    I have a question about the usage of "breeding ground":


    1. A dirty kitchen is a breeding ground for food poisoning.
    2. Sloppy food preparation is a breeding ground for food poisoning.
    The "ground" in "breeding ground" seems to imply a physical location. So, "breeding ground" could be used to label a dirty kitchen. But "food preparation" is an activity, not a place. So, would labeling "sloppy food preparation" a breeding ground for food poisoning, be poor usage?

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    Re: Breeding Ground

    Maybe it is technically poor usage, but I do think the meaning of the sentence is pretty clear. And I think that is what's important, In other words, wash your hands!

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    Re: Breeding Ground

    So, "breeding ground" cannot be used to label an activity/process?

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    Re: Breeding Ground

    Sure it can.

    A breeding ground is a place in which a noxious process can occur and from which it may well spread.

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    Re: Breeding Ground

    Sloppy food preparation leads to food contamination. Contaminated food causes food poisoning when consumed.

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    Re: Breeding Ground

    I would say that A dirty kitchen is a breeding ground for germs/salmonella, etc, rather than food poisoning. It breeds the bacteria and bugs that cause the poisoning.

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    Re: Breeding Ground

    You could also consider it metaphorical. It's not poor usage.
    Eg. "An idle mind is the devil's playground". But the mind is not a place (arguably).

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    Re: Breeding Ground

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I would say that A dirty kitchen is a breeding ground for germs/salmonella, etc, rather than food poisoning. It breeds the bacteria and bugs that cause the poisoning.
    Food that has been left out too long (unrefrigerated) is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.

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    Re: Breeding Ground

    Yes. Spoiled food is not a metaphor.

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    Re: Breeding Ground

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You could also consider it metaphorical. It's not poor usage.
    I don't think the original is wrong, but wouldn't use it.

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