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    #11

    Re: The expression "Forage for food".

    Nowadays, it is quite fashionable to forage for food- people go out looking for herbs, mushrooms, edible plants, etc. For them, it is more of a hobby and interest in unusual or fresh ingredients than necessity.

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    #12

    Re: The expression "Forage for food".

    You hunt for squirrels. You forage for berries.

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    #13

    Re: The expression "Forage for food".

    Thanks for clarifying in posts 11 and 12 that "to forage for" is used for searching for edible vegetation rather than animals, and secondly it is not something to survive on but it is more of a hobby or interest. Now these are the kind of answers we expect from the native speakers that give us an extra bit of information as compared to the definitions in dictionaries. Thank you very much both of you Tdol and SoothingDave for elaborating on the phrase.

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    #14

    Re: The expression "Forage for food".

    There are people who forage for a lot of their food. It's more than a hobby - it's a way of spending a lot less money on food! Every spring, I forage for wild garlic and nettles, neither of which I can buy in shops but both of which are delicious. I wouldn't class it as a hobby - it's just one or two lovely days out with a couple of good friends, and provides me with enough ingredients for several jars of homemade pesto and a good few nettle risottos.
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    #15

    Re: The expression "Forage for food".

    One day when I'd gathered a small trove of morel mushrooms, I went to the grocery to buy a leek. Someone who'd found a lot more than me had sold some morels to the market, which was offering them for $32/lb (64/kg). I suddenly felt like I'd been well paid for my pleasant walk in the woods.
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    #16

    Re: The expression "Forage for food".

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    $32/lb (€64/kg).
    $32 a pound is roughly $70 a kilo.
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    #17

    Re: The expression "Forage for food".

    GoesStation was quoting the metric price in euros.

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    #18

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    #19

    Re: The expression "Forage for food".

    See, this is why you should all adopt the American system.

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    #20

    Re: The expression "Forage for food".

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    See, this is why you should all adopt the American system.
    I'm sure you know pounds and ounces are units in the imperial (i.e. British) system, so there's no American system for us Brits to adopt.

    I for one would welcome a complete cultural conversion in Britain to the metric system, especially for the unnecessarily irregular and confusing units of weight, to which I can't see any benefit at all. You know, I really think that we here probably would have made the change by now if it wasn't for the fact that the US also insists on the imperial system.

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