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23 October, 2004

Wonderful concept

Ambient, as I tend to use it in the blog, refers to a musical style characterised by textures but no beat, which aims to create a mood or atmosphere; an ambience.
As World Wide Words clarifies, this isn't really the correct modern usage of the word: 'ambient' refers to the conditions surrounding an object.  Hence, supermarket items which do not need refrigeration (sugar, canned tomatoes, etc.) are known by food technologists as ambient foods (strictly, ambient temperature foods).
Consequently, a purveyor of fresh, unchilled fish can be called an ambient fishmonger.

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