If some takes a sip of a juice or any other liquid and another person drinks that from the same glass, what will be a natural word in English for that?

And of someone eats something that a person has already taken a bite of, what will be a natural way to express this?

I read a word "Ort". But it was archaic and old and was used for "food leftovers" and not describing something that is not a leftover bit something another person has already eaten a bit and might eat later on.


There is no word in English for this. The specific cultural taboo of "eating from a plate that another person has already eaten from" doesn't exist in English speaking cultures. Indeed it is common at a restaurant to offer "a taste" of your food to others at the table.

So we can say "Have a taste of my wine", "Have a sip of my coke" or "Have a bit of my curry", or "Have a bite of my pizza". But it would still be "my pizza" whether I or you have eaten any of it.

"Ort" is not a word used in modern English. "Leftovers" is food that we don't intend to eat now (but may keep to use up later). Leftovers may have been plated or unplated (still in the cooking pot).

  • Huh, the data bears your statement out, but "orts" is pretty common in my neck of the woods, as a close synonym for "crumbs" or food remainders that are slightly larger than crumbs. – Katy Jun 19 at 20:24

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