New words – 16 December 2013

December 16, 2013

avozilla noun informal a very large avocado

Tesco’s salad buyer, Emma Bonay, believes the avozilla will appeal particularly to large families.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 31 August 2013]

SSB abbreviation sugar-sweetened beverage

Forms of SSB tax have already started in Denmark, France, Finland and Hungary. Scotland, Small says, is in the mood to follow.

[www.theguardian.com 04 August 2013]

TomTato noun a plant that produces both potatoes and tomatoes

A plant that produces both tomatoes and potatoes, called the TomTato, has been developed for the UK market.

[www.bbc.co.uk 26 September 2013]

About new words


  1. […] See on dictionaryblog.cambridge.org […]

  2. “TomTato” sounds exotic, but, in fact, the plant that produces the tuber (potato) and the plant that produces the fruit (tomato) are the same species and can easily be interbred. A member of the nightshade family indigenous to the Andes Mountains of South America, the tomato/potato vine was carried around the world by European colonialists in the 16th and 17th century.

    Trying to produce both foods on the same plant, however, has its cost: both the tomatoes and the potatoes are tiny.

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