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Re: Items that are called more than one thing.

Where I live, we still say starfish, riptide, forest fire, etc.

 

The word babushka is used a lot.   We have a large Russian community in our area.

 

I've heard the word galoshes a lot, but it's an old sounding word.  Mainly, I see it when reading older books.  But my grandparents used that word quite often.

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i've heard brown paper bag referred to as a sack.

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@ladyroxanne wrote:

i've heard brown paper bag referred to as a sack.


It's always a sack to me.  And in Oklahoma we have lots of fires that aren't forest fires.  They are wildfires, grass fires, or prairie fires.   Or house fires, etc.

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My grandmother always said brassiere or unmentionables for bras and panties. A raincoat was a slicker.

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I remember when I was young, my mom called jeans "dungarees".

And the bathroom was the "lavatory".

A zip-up type short robe was a "housecoat".

 

 

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Put your "glad rags" on. Never asked!

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@Catiele wrote:

Put your "glad rags" on. Never asked!

 


Sunday-go-to-meetin' clothes. Going to town clothes.  Dressy clothes.  Party clothes.

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Hit the high spots. Clean the house fast. 

Do you have ants in your pants---can't sit still.

bundles---garbage

Tams----hats

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@qualitygal wrote:

100 years ago, grandma called the rubber shoe covers grandpa wore "galoshes". I have never heard another soul use that word or rubbers meaning shoe covers.

 

Was talking about that last week and wonder if there's other things that fall into that same catagory?


My husband was new to management in commercial HVAC and in and out of the office a couple of times a day.  His boss asked him if he would stop and buy him rubbers.  

Apparently he had a look of horror on his face and the boss said to him, oh no, no, no not that kind, the kind that cover your shoes in the rain, you know galoshes. Smiley Wink

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@meallen616 wrote:

I remember people using the word babooshka.

ba·bush·ka
bəˈbo͝oSHkə/
noun
 
  1. (in Poland and Russia) an old woman or grandmother.
    • NORTH AMERICAN
      a headscarf tied under the chin, typical of those worn by Polish and Russian women.

When I was in high school in the mid 60s, "babushkas" were cotton triangles that tied under your chin with thin fabric ties. They were really popular for a year or two. I liked to sew and made matching babushkas for my dresses. This was during the time that madras was so popular, and I even had a madras babushka - wearing two fads at once, a teenager's dream!