Whilst being popular throughout the world, it turns out that tea towels are not universally referred to by that name. To refer to a cloth for drying dishes, the English, Australians and New Zealanders prefer ‘tea towel’, while Americans use ‘dish towel’.
Google Trends is a great tool where you can have a look at the popularity of a search term, and drill down to see how this is spread geographically, among other things. A quick check of Google Trends for ‘tea towel’ shows darkened areas over the UK, Australia and New Zealand, revealing them as the source of most ‘tea towel’ searches.
Above: a Google Trends map for the search term ‘tea towels’ Continue reading “Tea Towel or Dish Towel?”