Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

White goods

Inspired by this entry from Language Log, but turned into a poll.

Apparently, this is a very British phrase and most Americans would be stumped by it. Here, have a guess, wherever you come from (though those from the UK will probably find it absurdly easy). No Googling or Wikipediery before answering, of course.

Poll #1052014 white goods

Choose the correct meaning for the phrase white goods from the following list of potential meanings:

Goods of any sort that are white in color — flour, paper towels, lilies, emulsion paint, toothpaste, ermine fur, milk, eggs, refined sugar, button mushrooms, etc.
Goods that carry no duty and can thus be freely imported and carried through customs without officials needing to be in any way concerned with them.
Garments typically or traditionally made with undyed white cotton, such as plain dress shirts, underwear, tennis shorts, cricket clothes, and so on.
Goods that are fully legal, in the sense of being properly imported with duties properly paid rather than being part of the so-called "black economy".
Office paper, letter envelopes, and similar white paper office supplies.
Household appliances such as washing machines or refrigerators that are often painted white.
Linen household goods such as sheets, pillow cases, and towels.
Goods of a sort determined by market research to be primarily of interest to customers of European rather than African or Asian origins.
Goods deemed by government regulatory agencies to be (unlike an increasing number of toys and other products from the People's Republic of China) free of harmful features and fully fit for sale to the general public.
Milk, buttermilk, yoghurt, and other non-cheese liquid dairy products.
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