# Can we say "leftover pizza" to refer to some pizza that is bigger than crumbs but much smaller than a slice?

When one says "put the leftover pizza in the fridge", I imagine that the leftover pizza might mean one or a few slices of pizza that are decent enough for a person to eat as a meal or a snack.

However, say, I ate almost all the pizza and there were a few small pieces left. These pieces were bigger than crumbs but much smaller than a slice of pizza. Also, they came from the rear or edge of the pizza (is it correct to say the rear or edge of the pizza?) which were a bit burned and I don't eat the burned part of a pizza. See the picture below.

We can put these small pieces in the fridge but most people will dump them in the garbage.

Can we say "I dumped the leftover pizza in the garbage"?

Does it cause confusion to say that?

• I think that your phrase would not cause confusion. In England we might say "I threw the pizza crusts in the bin". Jun 17, 2022 at 11:55
• To me that doesn't look like "leftover pizza", simply because I would't call those things "pizza". If somebody said to me "Do you want some pizza?" and then offered me those, I would think they were joking. I would call those pizza crusts. Jun 17, 2022 at 11:59
• The "remains of the pizza" might be clearer than "leftover pizza". Jun 17, 2022 at 12:07
• No, we can't say the rear of the pizza because a round thing doesn't have a front and back; a pizza is designed so that all segments are identical. Jun 17, 2022 at 15:09
• Leftovers is a word for unused but still human-edible food. This is not - most people living in areas where pizza is available would not touch this. Non-human-edible remains of food are scraps. Jun 18, 2022 at 11:17

Leftover pizza has a subtly different meaning to the one expressed by the OP. To avoid possible confusion, say

## left-over scraps

The OP's solution

"I dumped the leftover pizza"

sounds like some uneaten pizza was thrown out. The photo shows what I would call pizza scraps.

1. I threw what was left (of the pizza) into the garbage.
2. I threw the pizza scraps out.
3. I chucked the leftover scraps into the bin.

From Wral.com, posted July 14 2020

Vermont’s state fruit is the apple, but as of July 1, any Vermonters who toss the cores or peels of their beloved apples into the garbage will technically be breaking the law. The state recently implemented a law banning food waste in landfills, meaning that all Vermont residents are required to bring their leftover kitchen scraps — which include uneaten food and inedible items like egg shells, pits, peels, etc. — to a professional compost facility or compost the food waste themselves.

Lexico says

## scrap

1.1 (scraps) Bits of uneaten food left after a meal.
‘he filled Sammy's bowls with fresh water and scraps
‘I am astounded that we are not able to put compostable waste such as food scraps etc in the green bin.’ ‘All year long I lug a small green compost bucket full of leftover scraps, carrot peels, tea leaves, and dead flowers out to the compost bin behind our shed.’

• I agree with this but would add that the single word leftovers also conveys the meaning of 'leftover scraps'. Jun 18, 2022 at 10:11
• @dbmag9: Does it really, for you? For me (native BrE speaker) leftovers suggests an amount that I might want to eat later — as OP describes in the question. Leftover scraps is fine and clear, but leftovers as a noun has strongly different connotations.
– PLL
Jun 18, 2022 at 14:29
• @PLL to be fair the use of garbage in the question does imply a US answer is needed. Jun 18, 2022 at 14:32
• @mdewey: As a Canadian, "leftovers" / "leftover pizza" has the same meaning for me as what PLL describes, something I'd want to eat later. I'm pretty sure US English speakers would understand the same connotation. I'm curious what flavour of English dbmag9 is using where "leftover scraps" could be "leftovers". Or maybe they just enjoy the bready pizza crusts and would want them as a snack later? Jun 18, 2022 at 22:10
• Leftover Scraps works but those are pizza crusts. And when they are half eaten and left behind one would say, Throw the [pizza] crusts away. It would of course be understood that the lone olive, quarter slice of pepperoni, and mushroom particle should also be thrown away. Jun 21, 2022 at 12:54

Simply say:

I dumped the pizza crusts in the garbage

Pizza crusts are the edges of the pizza basically.

• There also seems to be a half of a pepperoni slice among the crusts. :) Jun 18, 2022 at 13:20

"Listen up, guys" (A Mother Says to Her Kids through A Note on the Fridge)

Leftover pizza should be put in the fridge!
Pizza crusts should be put in the garbage bin!