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Fruity
Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2016 3:25:46 PM

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What do you call this thing? A roll of plastic wrap? A roll of cling film?
HoosierDaddy
Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2016 3:55:27 PM

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plastic wrap, cling wrap, shrink wrap, or sometimes by a popular brand name Saran Wrap
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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2016 12:54:47 AM

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A stretch film?
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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2016 2:53:09 AM

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I would call it cling film, which I think is the common British term.
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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2016 4:25:40 AM

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Hello Fruity.

The above answers are all correct, colloquially.

However, in technical speech, there are differences.

Shrink wrap
Shrink wrap, also 'shrinkwrap' or 'shrink film', is a material made up of polymer plastic film.
When heat is applied, it shrinks tightly over whatever it is covering.[1] Heat can be applied with a hand held heat gun (electric or gas) or the product and film can pass through a heat tunnel on a conveyor.

cling film
Noun - cling film - a thin plastic film made of saran (trade name Saran Wrap) that sticks to itself; used for wrapping food


Your picture looks like cling film, you don't have to heat it to make it shrink.
mactoria
Posted: Friday, November 4, 2016 9:52:38 PM
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Fruity: Just a word on the differences between American and British (or other English-speaking countries) usage....DragOnspeaker calls it "cling film" while in the US we'd likely call it "cling wrap"...although honestly many of us just call it saran wrap (a brand name) regardless of what company manufactured it. So either "cling film" or "cling wrap" is acceptable, just depends on which country's usage you need or are interested in.

Americans have a habit of calling a lot of common products by a popular brand name instead of the technical term e.g. Saran wrap instead of cling or plastic wrap; Coke instead of Pepsi Cola, RC Cola, Coca Cola, etc; Kleenex instead of facial tissue, etc.
Axel Bear
Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2016 7:17:20 AM

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mactoria wrote:

Americans have a habit of calling a lot of common products by a popular brand name instead of the technical term


Same in Australia...there it's called 'glad wrap'.
Fruity
Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 10:56:56 AM

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Thanks a lot, everyone!
Eoin Riedy
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2016 2:31:01 PM

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Axel Bear wrote:


mactoria wrote:

Americans have a habit of calling a lot of common products by a popular brand name instead of the technical term


Same in Australia...there it's called 'glad wrap'.


I'd almost forgotten about Glad Wrap, which got better reviews on America's Test Kitchen than Saran Wrap did. The problem they noted with all brands is that wraps either cling or keep food fresh — not both. One brand might be good for a bowl that sits on your shelf for several days, but not for a bowl you intend to put in the back seat of your car for a pot luck.

Shrink wrap is very annoying to remove, especially when it covers something you don't want to mar. I'd like to think that if Dante ever added an appendix to the Divine Comedy there would be a special place in the nether regions for the inventors of shrink wrap.
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Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2016 10:13:50 AM

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Small note... shrink wrap is actually something other than cling file, Saran wrap, etc. It requires the application of heat to seal it, and so, it is usually used in retail for packaging oddly shaped items, or to bundle together a few items into a single sellable unit.
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