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    oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    Are the names of porridges above common? What do you call them in everyday speech?
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    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    I have never heard of buckwheat porridge or semolina porridge. For me, porridge is made with oats.
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    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    In the UK, when people say "porridge", we generally mean the one made of oats (oatflakes, rolled oats, jumbo oatflakes, oatmeal). People who make their morning porridge from a different grain usually specify it. On cold winter mornings, I have quinoa porridge made with hemp milk and rice syrup. (It's delicious, vegan and healthy!)
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    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    In British dictionary definitions of 'porridge', mention is normally made only of 'oats': https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...glish/porridge

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    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    In British dictionary definitions of 'porridge', mention is normally made only of 'oats': https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...glish/porridge
    I see the American definition is broader: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porridge

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    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

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    I see the American definition is broader: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porridge
    We hardly ever use the word in American English.
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    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I see the American definition is broader: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porridge
    Yes, but it's one of those words we don't often say, like beverage and constable. To sound more natural here, use words like oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, or hot cereal.
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    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    I think beverage is a reasonably common word in American English.
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    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    To sound more natural here, use... hot cereal.
    I could never clearly understand the word "cereal". Is cereal different in any way from muesli? I always thought they are the same.

    And is "hot cereal" an AmE synonym for porridge?
    Last edited by GeneD; 10-Jan-2018 at 20:11.
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    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    In British dictionary definitions of 'porridge', mention is normally made only of 'oats': https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...glish/porridge
    The term rice porridge is widely used for congee in Asia.

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