One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very large mass of solid waste in a sewerage system, consisting especially of congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets.‘repairs on 20 metres of damaged pipe affected by the fatberg started on Monday’
- ‘The fatberg underneath Oxford is not the first of its kind.’
- ‘The fatberg was removed by workmen using high-pressure water jets.’
- ‘Last year, the utility company found a fatberg the length of a Boeing 747 beneath Shepherd's Bush in west London.’
- ‘While fatbergs are clogging in sewer systems in cities around the world, they have also been identified as a source of fuel.’
- ‘You have to wonder how many fatbergs are living under the streets of other cities.’
- ‘The water company is still unable to say when its 'fatberg' works will be finished despite all the goo being pumped out last month.’
- ‘Nevin, of the water service, said the fatberg was a build-up of inappropriate materials put into the sewer network.’
- ‘The fatberg was found in a Kingston sewer, by Thames Water, after residents complained that they couldn't flush their toilets.’
- ‘Fatbergs, lost rivers and a ghostly sense of danger - there's more to London's sewers than meets the nose, says McKay.’
- ‘The fatberg had been clogging London's sewers and was dangerously close to flooding the streets with raw waste.’
Early 21st century: from fat and iceberg.
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