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Can or Tin?

Discussion in 'General Polls' started by Ian, May 3, 2017.

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What do you call a beans/soup metal container?

  1. Can

    8 vote(s)
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  2. Tin

    8 vote(s)
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  1. Ian

    Ian From CoasterForce Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team CF Award Winner 2016

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    I posted this on Twitter earlier.


    There has been a thrilling discussion on there between me, @davidm and @Martyn. Read the Twitter tread.

    I'm throwing it open to CF to gain a wider response and settle this once and for all.
     
  2. Hixee

    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    I would say a can of coke, a tin of beans.

    That said, now I think about it saying it the other way round doesn't really stand out as being wrong.
     
  3. jayjay

    jayjay Well-Known Member

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    For me, it's always a tin if it's soup/beans (paper sleeved, tin opener job). But now Hixee's mentioned drinks cans. Those are definitely cans.
     
  4. NeoXIII

    NeoXIII Best Newcomer 2016 CF Award Winner 2016

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    I'm German, I go "dose". :p
    I was taught that it's always tin, except when it's a drink like a coke.
     
  5. GuyWithAStick

    GuyWithAStick Captain Basic Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    Can for both. I really only use Tin when talking about Foil or the actual element.

    Sent from my VS820 using Tapatalk
     
  6. Mysterious Sue

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    A tin of beans or soup.
    A can of coke.
     
  7. ATTACKHAMMER

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    Tin of beans or soup!
     
  8. Hyde

    Hyde I Lied About My Age! Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    It is a can - we stopped using tin to make them a long time ago. :p
     
  9. Pink Cadillac

    Pink Cadillac Well-Known Member

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    You don't put food in tins! It's for paint!
    Although "tin of beans" kinda works
     
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  10. Mysterious Sue

    Mysterious Sue Well-Known Member

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    But they are 'tinned goods', no?
     
  11. davidm

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    ...but stuff is put into them on a canning line.

    Spooky-proof from this tweet that popped up on my timeline a little earlier...
     
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    I generally use either for food but it's definitely a drinks can.
     
  13. Smithy

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    I'm a can man.

    Definitely use it with can of sweetcorn. Think I alternate between can and tin when it comes to beans.
     
  14. CoasterCrazy

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    To me a can is anything with a ring pull....but I use them pretty much interchangeably.
    But isn't the technical term a tin can? So surely both 'tin' and 'can' are just abbreviations of the same phrase? ;)
     
  15. Ben

    Ben Well-Known Member CF Award Winner 2016

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    Yh I was going to say, they're tin cans.

    I would say a can for drinks, tins for food stuff.
     
  16. gavin

    gavin Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team CF Award Winner 2016

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    Technically, no because the "tin" in "tin can" is an adjective, not a noun. Through common usage "tin" used by itself in that context has become a noun, but if you're saying "tin can", it's the "can" that's actually holding something.

    Plus, they're not made of tin these days anyway.

    Anyway, it's an American VS UK thing. We would ordinary use "can" for soft drinks, but food comes in "tins". Americans have cans of food. If a Brit says, for example "a can of beans", it's yet another Americanism that is sneaking in.
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2017
  17. Gazza

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    Tins for basically any context I reckon, except for worms.
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  18. caffeine_demon

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    if it's drink - it's a can.
    if it's custard powder, biscuits or confectionary - it's a tin
    if it's soup, veg, pasta, pet food, curry etc. - I'm not too bothered whcih one you use!
     
  19. Sandman

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    Tin of soup, can of coke bandwagon
     
  20. Mack

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    I'm American. So. A can is what holds things. A tin is a can that is being discussed by an Aussie/Brit. Also, Mysterious Sue, if you were wondering, in the States, no, they are "canned goods." "Tinned goods" is a phrase I've never heard before.

    Anywayyyy, so you should probably say tin. Because we seem to like people who don't talk so good.
    *Izzit. Sorry, forgot to put that there so you could understand me.

    Not that it matters. Eventually you'll be skeduling your lunch breaks during which you will heat up soup from a can. We're just that nefarious.
     
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