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Eat your soup

How can you eat something that you always thought was drinkable or drink something that you always thought was edible. Intriguing, isn’t it. Well, languages are funny and unreasonable, at times. That is perhaps why the Bengalis eat their tea and water. Let us find out this month what the English are up to when it comes to eating stuff that is seemingly drinkable.

I am referring to the use of the verb-noun collocation ‘eat’ and ‘soup’. Yes, the English eat their soup. They don’t drink it, but actually eat it. The logic is simple, if one is using a spoon and/or a dish when consuming the soup, then one is eating the soup, much like one would eat gravy or ketchup and not drink them.

Although there could be odd instances when one would use the verb-noun collocation ‘drink’ and ‘soup’, especially when soups are more liquid in nature (not thick) or when using a mug to consume soups, the generally acceptable usage is to ‘eat’ soup.

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Sandeep Nulkar Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, BITS Private Limited Sandeep Nulkar heads one of India’s largest translation and localisation companies. He is a linguist by passion, businessman by choice and author by circumstances. Over the past decade, he has been working closely with the corporate world and with students and the academia to bring credibility and recognition to the Indian translator within and outside India.