Would you like lies with that? Plymouth pasty maker hits out at McDonalds
A PASTY company boss has hit out an international food chain after it described a "pastie" as a "meat pie".
McDonald's is in the soup with West Country bakers after giving American tourists the wrong description.
The fast-foot giant defines "pastie" as "meat pie" in a McDonald's visitor guide to "useful" English words.
Pasty makers in Devon and Cornwall say the definition takes the biscuit.
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A boss at Ivor Dewdney Pasties – based in Plymouth – said the description was comical.
"I'm sure people will find it very funny to hear a pasty described as a "meat pie"," said director Phil Abbott.
"A pasty isn't a meat pie. A meat pie is a meat pie. A pasty is wrapped in pastry.
"A pie has crust. And a pasty contains a lot more than meat.
"McDonald's should know better – and they should know how to spell 'pasty'.
"It's like calling a Big Mac a beef sandwich."
He added: "If American tourists want a meat pie when they're in England, they should simply ask for a meat pie."
Mark Muncey, chairman of the Cornish Pasty Association, said defining a pasty as a "meat pie" was "incredible".
"The two are distinctly different," he added.
"However, we are confident that many visitors to the Olympics will have enjoyed a real pasty during their visit and been able to make the distinction for themselves."
McDonald's, a sponsor of the Olympics, defines "pastie" in a list of "Useful Words for Visiting London" found on the cover of its commemorative London 2012 reporter's notebook.
The list also includes: "gobsmacked" – which means "amazed"; "Bobby" - which means "policeman"; "Cheerio" – which means "goodbye"; "grub" which means "food"; "biscuit" which means "cookie"; "sarnie" which means "sandwich"; and "Fancy a Big Mac?" – which means "Would You Like a Big Mac?"
A McDonald's spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.