(465) “a bar of soap / a cake of soap ?” #2 [調べる]

“a bar of soap / a cake of soap ?” #2


what do you think of the following?


When you go to the grocery store, please buy ( ) soap for me.

(A) a piece of (B) a (C) a bar of (D) a pair of

  The right answer is (C) a bar of.


Is this the only right answer? I remember that I was taught “a cake of soap” is right. It was more than
40 years ago at school in Japan. But the strange thing is since then I’ve never
heard of this phrase being told, nor read in books in my life.


On the contrary, I often see “a bar of soap” in place of “a cake of soap”.

The latest example I read is from a picture book of Miffy.


She took a bar of soap,

And her soft yellow sponge.

s miffy soap.jpg


Which is right, “a bar of soap” or “a cake of soap”?


Both are right. But there is a big difference between the two. The difference is much larger number of people use “a bar of soap” than “a cake of soap”

Yahoo Japan 知恵袋 2009/9/2015

the_round_square_triangleさん searched on "A ...???... of soap".




a bar of soap 865,000

a piece of soap 39,300

a cake of soap 28,600

a block of soap 993

a tablet of soap 471 has many comments on this question.

I show you two of them.


Kelly B said:

A quick curious google on "cake of soap" yields results from Australia, mostly.


Ferntree Gully, Aug 24, 2006 Australian Australia replied to this:

This is a strange combination for us Aussies.

 We use a cake of soap in the bathroom and a bar of soap in the laundry.

 I have not purchased a bar of soap recently but memory is that the bar of laundry or hard soap is
shaped like a gold bar. It is angular and has sharp edges.

 Cakes of bathroom or soft soap are softer in shape with curved sides and blunt edges.



padredeocho, Aug 25, 2006 United States said:

In the USA, we would never say cake of soap. If I were leaving the house, and my wife said, Could you pick
up some soap?
I would assume she probably meant a pack of soap bars for the bath and shower. If she wanted any other kind of soap, she would tell me what kind, i.e. dishwashing soap, handsoap, etc.


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(464) Joke / Christmas [joke]

(464) Joke / Christmas
(Macy’s wooden escalator)

  Despite the best effort of child psychiatrists, there are still a lot of kids of four or five --- even in sophisticated New York --- who believe in Santa Claus.
  One of them was taken by his mother to the toy department in Macy’s on a December morning last year and was dully propped up on Santa’s lap.
  “What do you want for Christmas, my lad?” asked Santa Claus dutifully.
  “Better write it down,” said the lad, “or you’ll forget.”
  “Trust me," urged Santa. “My memory never fails.”
The lad was dubious, but catalogued his demands.
  The same afternoon, mother and son arrived at Gimbel’s and the lad found himself on Santa’s lap for a second time. The Gimbel Santa asked the usual question.
  “What do you want for Christmas?” The lad slipped off his lap, kicked him lustily in the shin, and yelled, “You numskull, I knew you’d forget!”

psychiatrists [saikáiətrist]: 精神分析医
Macy’s: Macy's department store

dully: 退屈するように
be propped up: (transitive, usually with "up") To position the feet while sitting or reclining so that the knees are elevated at a higher level.
lad [lˈæd]: 少年、坊や
urge: 〔人に~するよう強く〕促す、要請する、勧める
My memory never fails.: 私は忘れたことなんかないんだよ。
dubious [djúːbiəs]: being in doubt〔人が物事を〕疑わしく思う、半信半疑の
catalogue [kǽtəlɔ̀ɡ]: 目録を作る
Gimbel’s [ɡɪ́mbəl-]: Macy's and Gimbel's were popular
department stores located within two blocks of one another in Midtown Manhattan in New York City; the latter store is now defunct.

for a second time: 二度目
lustily [lʌ́stili]: 元気いっぱいに、力強く
numskull [nʌ́mskʌ̀l]: ばか者

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(463) word/ scone [英単語]

 (463) word/ scone

banana scone.jpg
ミニバナナ スコーンというお菓子を食べさせてもらって、sconeという言葉を知った。


A scone is a single-serving quick
. They are usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal,
with baking powder as a leavening agent, and are baked on sheet pans. They are often lightly sweetened and are occasionally glazed with egg wash. The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea. It differs from a teacake and other sweet buns, which are made with yeast.

single-serving: 一回だけの
quick bread:
・Wheat [(h)wí
ːt]: 小麦
・oatmeal [ó
ʊtmìːl]: ひき割りオート麦
・sheet pan: A sheet pan, baking tray or baking sheet is a flat, rectangular metal pan used in an oven.
sheet pan.jpg

・glazed [
ɡɪzd]: うわぐすりをかけた、上塗りをした、つやをつけた、
・egg wash: Egg (yolk or white) mixed with a little milk; brushed on pastry before baking to give a glazed appearance
・leavening agent [lɛ́vənɪŋ]: 膨脹剤
・component: 構成要素
・Devonshire tea: A cream tea as traditionally served in Devon. (英国Devonの旧称)


The difference in pronunciation is alluded to in the poem which contains the lines:

I asked the maid in dulcet tone [toʊn]
To order me a buttered scone [skóʊn];
The silly girl has been and gone [gˈɔːn]
And ordered me a buttered scone[gɔ́(ː)n].

dulcet [dʌ́lsit]: 〈文〉耳に快い、旋律が美しい
allude to [əːd]: であるとほのめかす 
ordered me a buttered scone = ordered a butter scone for me


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