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ozknitter
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Australia
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Posted - 05/20/2005 :  9:09:42 PM  Show Profile Send ozknitter a Private Message
Hi,

I've noticed with mainly American ladies that you call your handbags, purses.

What do you call your purses that you keep your money in?

Here in Australia we call our handbags, bags and purses are what we keep our money in.

Just wondered.

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Rose in Melbourne, Australia.

greengirl
Seriously Hooked

Taiwan
679 Posts

Posted - 05/20/2005 :  9:15:05 PM  Show Profile Send greengirl a Private Message
Oh, those are wallets! Or change purses! Depends on if they are for money that folds, or money that jingles.

Of course, in addition to calling handbags purses, we also call them handbags. There are a lot of regional differences in the US.
--greengirl (an American lady)



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midnightskyfibers
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Posted - 05/20/2005 :  10:34:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit midnightskyfibers's Homepage Send midnightskyfibers a Private Message
wallet= where my money is. purse= smaller bag that hold just my wallet and cell bag= large tote= medium sizes

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SerMom
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Canada
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Posted - 05/20/2005 :  10:40:44 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
And then there's pocketbook, which to me means paperback book, but to my New Jersey friends means handbag.

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gibsongirl
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Posted - 05/20/2005 :  10:52:32 PM  Show Profile Send gibsongirl a Private Message
But wait--don't forget the coin purse, which is used to hold coins when your wallet has no zippered pockets (I have one of these and it definitely won't accommodate coins). Then there's the clutch, which is a small zippered bag that is larger than a coin purse but has no handle (and thus cannot qualify as a purse or a handbag). Confused yet? :)

-gibsongirl
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lella
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Posted - 05/20/2005 :  11:38:59 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message
And it's called a clutch because there is no handle and you have to clutch it for dear life lest you lay it down somewhere and it grows little feet and runs away.

West Coast US is definitely a Purse place. Unless you've just moved here from the East; then you go to Purse sales to get a Handbag.

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SerMom
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Posted - 05/20/2005 :  11:47:55 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
The clutch doesn't necessarily have a zipper, it could have a snap, or . . .

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blwinteler
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Posted - 05/20/2005 :  11:57:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit blwinteler's Homepage  Send blwinteler a Yahoo! Message Send blwinteler a Private Message
I have a purse that I put my wallet in. I have only recently started using the word purse. It always sounded so preppy to me, or too "grown-up." I always had my bag, or my backpack, or something. Now, I use a purse. I guess that says that I've grown up. Hmmm. . . I wonder when that happened.

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(hristinac
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Posted - 05/21/2005 :  12:20:01 AM  Show Profile Send (hristinac a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by ozknitter

Hi,


Here in Australia we call our handbags, bags and purses are what we keep our money in.




Here in the UK we call them the same as you lot Down Under .


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sweetnsour
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USA
156 Posts

Posted - 05/21/2005 :  02:31:36 AM  Show Profile Send sweetnsour a Private Message
I flip flop between bag and purse. Since I've always had a really big bag/satchel and I carry more than money in it (I can't carry a dainty evening bag or clutch, I would go nuts), I tend towards bag.

Plus since it's called a 'Messenger Bag' anyway, it fits.

My mom says 'purse' when she means her smaller bag (handbag, whatever) and 'bag' means her big tote bag she puts her lunch and whatever else she's dragging with her in.
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Jane
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Posted - 05/21/2005 :  03:09:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message
I call the thing I carry all my junk in on a daily basis my bag (it's a Healthy Back bag from L. L. Bean, so it's basically a bottomless pit). It holds my wallet, which holds my money. I have a purse, which to me is a more traditional thing with handles that I use on special occasions. I also use tote bags for when I have a ton of stuff (or knitting) to haul around.

My sisters and I have what we call the "purse-of-our-dreams", which is actually the Holy Grail, in case any of you want to come with us on our quest! It's found in the same place as the "shoes-of-our-dreams", apparently!

I can still hear my Aunt Ebby from Queens say the word "pocketbook" (She left out the T!).

Jane

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Maybird
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United Kingdom
155 Posts

Posted - 05/21/2005 :  03:18:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit Maybird's Homepage Send Maybird a Private Message
I buck the trend altogether by having neither purse nor handbag (I'm British) - I have a wallet in my pocket and a ruck-sack or satchel for my book, notebook, knitting, tissues, other notebook, pens, cough sweets, miscellaneous fluff and stray bits of shopping. Hand-bags are never big enough nor comfortable enough to cary when fully loaded (and I ain't going nowhere without my knitting and books).
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lemons
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Posted - 05/21/2005 :  03:49:57 AM  Show Profile Send lemons a Private Message
Funny about the omitted "t" with the auntie from Queens; in small-town Missouri in the Fifties, they also omitted it. As a wee one, I thought it was a pockabook...

Then we could get into the question of the item a purchase is put into at the store. Is it a bag or a sack? I had a New York City bakery tell me, "Oh, you're from the Midwest, aren't you?" when I said, "No, I really don't need a sack, I'm going to eat it now."

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jbug
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234 Posts

Posted - 05/21/2005 :  04:33:27 AM  Show Profile Send jbug a Private Message
In the old South, U.S., pocketbook was the term also for handbag. Nowadays, we use purse for the bag, and wallet for the money holder.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, thinkin' of my sweet granny.
jbug
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scarlet
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USA
347 Posts

Posted - 05/21/2005 :  07:46:26 AM  Show Profile Send scarlet a Private Message
I have something similar to those back bags from LLBean also, but in leather. Found it at a flea market years ago, you can keep a LOT of stuff in one of those. :)

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JaniceV
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USA
338 Posts

Posted - 05/21/2005 :  08:15:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit JaniceV's Homepage  Send JaniceV a Yahoo! Message Send JaniceV a Private Message
What money !!!!! I spend mine on yarn.

Janice

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KL
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Posted - 05/21/2005 :  08:20:39 AM  Show Profile Send KL a Private Message
I had a boss from Australia once and every time I called my purse a purse she would say,"Girls,girls,girls, it's a handbag, not a purse. She cured me. KL
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Mickey
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Posted - 05/21/2005 :  10:36:59 AM  Show Profile Send Mickey a Private Message
>What money !!!!! I spend mine on yarn.

Me too, I found so many bargains lately I just couldn't resist.

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crise
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337 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2005 :  6:02:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit crise's Homepage Send crise a Private Message
hmmm, I seem to bypass the whole purse issue and throw my wallet into my knitting bag or diaper bag as needed. The preference is for the knitting bag.



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knitbugg
Chatty Knitter

USA
112 Posts

Posted - 05/24/2005 :  11:02:32 AM  Show Profile Send knitbugg a Private Message
Long ago a pocketbook was what a man carried to hold his money in...it was kept in the brest pocket of his coat. Somewhere along the line women stole the term to mean a larger bag that would hold a wallet and a coin purse and other miscellany.

I tend to use anything that will hold my knitting project of the moment that has a small inside pocket that will hold my drivers license, my debit/credit card and a $20 bill.

Vanessa
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kadiddly
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USA
3076 Posts

Posted - 05/24/2005 :  11:27:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message
Alright, I grew up in Illinois and now live in California. I throw my 'wallet' (a very lofty name for the falling apart scrap of leather that stood valiantly with me throughout college and these first couple years in the real world and now struggles to hold my ID, cards, and cash, and which has a change pocket) in my 'backpack' along with my laptop computer, notebook (the spiral bound kind - I still don't get why some laptops are called notebooks now, confuses the hell out of me), Big Binder O' Show Info (aka the JGM Bible), miscellaneous writing utensils, and the all important Cell Phone. Just going out, wallet and cell can get stuffed into my 'purse', which is mostly full of of ticket stubs and gum wrappers atm, but mostly I just stuff them into the pockets of the giant fleece hoodie that I wear everywear. I get teased for looking like a teenager or perpetual college student, with my hoodie and backpack, but I just can't really get into a purse-carrying habit, no matter how convenient it is when I remember it. And of course, the knitting bag goes with me everywhere, too, but I only put other stuff in it when I'm travelling and only want to deal with one carry-on.

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