Originally Posted by Alix
I think (as I have said before in this thread and others) that we all need to be tolerant of the way people use terms in different parts of the world. There is no need to insist that your definition is the "right" definition for one particular term. Insisting you are right just leads to folks getting upset at one another. Just be aware that people use terms differently in different places. Another example is "pudding". Ask someone from the UK what that means and you will find it is significantly different from the definition used in North America.
Folks that hail from Austrailia and New Zealand, don't have anything remotely like what Americans, especially those from the South, call "Barbeque". What the people in those countries call "Barbeque" is what most Americans call "Grilling".
I know I've mentioned this in at least one other thread somewhere, but I am always looking for, and learning, slang terms for food and cooking, as well as the different names and/or terms, used to describe food and cooking, that are used in other countries besides the USA. Since I collect recipes, and really like recipes from other parts of the world, I have to know what terms mean.
It's really tricky, reading a title of a recipe, and once you get into the instructions, suddenly realize that this is a British recipe, or an Austrailian recipe. Once I realize that, I can usually picture what the end result is.
Since this is an International forum, I usually try to keep in mind where a particular member is from, to help understand the post.
That said, there are also huge differences in terminology within the US as well. My MIL thinks "Barbeque" means hot dogs, hamburgers, and steaks, all cooked on a grill, high heat, quick cooking. She's from Michigan. I'm from Oklahoma, and I always associate "Barbeque" will slow-cooked, smoked meat products.