English in Use – Britain Dippy for Hummus

Hummus dip

Some of you might remember in the TGiF session when I mentioned a product recall in the UK. I think I said “don’t eat the hummus”, well it was all related to a story about Zorba Delicacies, based in Ebbw Vale, South Wales, who have had to recall 80 hummus based product ranges amid fears of salmonella. 

This headline from the Daily Mail refers to the fact that Brits consume over 12,000 tonnes of hummus a year. Hummus is what we call a “dip”: a thick sauce in which pieces of food are dipped before eating. The word “dippy” is used to describe someone who is silly and eccentric or scatterbrained.

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