Nico (vilakins) wrote in linguaphiles,

Milk jug

I'm reading a murder mystery set in Virginia. Some of the characters release milk jugs into the sea from a boat to test currents to see how a body might be washed up on a beach. Now to me, a jug is an open container with a handle and a spout used for pouring, and I can't see how that would float. Obviously in Virginia, a milk jug is something else that floats very well. :-) Can someone please clear up this mystery for me? Is it the big plastic bottle you buy milk in?

[Edit] Thanks, it seems to be cleared up now. What the characters in the book call a milk jug I call a plastic milk bottle, and what I call a jug they'd call a pitcher. :-P


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