Kyla Tornheim kyla at sccs.swarthmore.edu
Fri Mar 23 21:59:41 EST 2001

On Fri, 23 Mar 2001, Bill Edminster wrote:
>   I'm not sure if I can speak for all American English speakers, but I was
> brought up to think that jam was whole (but crushed or jammed) fruit preserves
> and jelly was strained fruit preserves.  I guess we're three or more peoples
> divided by one language.
I don't think most Americans differentiate between jam and jelly. It's
more which word you use in context: "peanut butter and jelly"; "bread and
jam (for Frances)."

> > On Fri, 23 Mar 2001, Bill Edminster wrote:
> >
> > In Australia, the stuff one puts in sandwiches is "jam", and "jelly"
> > is translucent wobbly stuff, made from gelatin, that one has with
> > icecream for dessert.
The latter is jello, which used to be a brand name thing, Jell-O. But
jello is now the general term.

Removing the straw that broke the camel's back does 
not necessarily allow the camel to walk again.

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