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Atatürk
Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 1:50:26 PM

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When I was 16, I could only cook soup from a tin.

What does from a tin mean?

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FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 1:55:00 PM

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Atatürk wrote:
When I was 16, I could only cook soup from a tin.

What does from a tin mean?


I believe this is British English for what we in America would call a "can".

Edit: adding to what thar wrote, when I was growing up, we called them "tin cans". The British kept the "tin" part, and we Americans kept the "can" part.




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thar
Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 2:05:05 PM

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Steel cans used to have a thin layer of tin which is very unreactive, good for preserving food. Now they are often chromium plated or aluminium, but they are still called tins, and soup from a tin is tinned soup.

If you can only cook soup from a tin, it means you don't "cook" at all - you just heat it up.

Parpar1836
Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:45:06 PM
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In the U.S., we'd say "can" instead of "tin." In the U.S., "tin" has a connotation of a reusable metal container with a lid, often a decorative or collectible item.
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