FurryDandelionSeekingMissile · 07/01/2023 02:32
I've only ever heard dishwater IRL, though in books I'm sure I've seen ditchwater.
My dishwater can be quite exciting, though. Never quite sure what DP might have set to lurk in there. Gelatinous spaghetti monster with a heart of sharpened steel? Delicate double-walled glass wedged beneath a 2kg skillet and decorated with wafts of partially-disintegrated jam jar label? You never know what you might find.
ortonym · 07/01/2023 12:20
General consensus is "ditchwater", which is what I've always used - although I've heard both. What prompted me to ask is that there was a question on The Chase UK:
"Someone who is boring is said to be as what as dishwater?".
I wondered if this had become the norm.
ortonym · 07/01/2023 12:30
MassiveSalad22 · 07/01/2023 12:25
Just asked DH who is from the other end of the country to me and he’s never heard ditchwater either!
I'm in the North of England. My dad was from the midlands and he always used ditchwater (when I say he "used" it, I mean he said it 😂). I shall do a straw poll in the pub tonight.
PAFMO · 07/01/2023 19:02
A quick google says both are correct. Ditchwater was the original which some speakers changed into dishwater in the early 1900s.
I've only ever heard and used ditchwater but, like others, only in the context of the idiom. (and spellcheck doesn't like it at all!)
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