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Re: Are they called.. pocketbooks, purses, handbags?

I don't say wear or carry. I say take. ""I'm taking my grey purse today.""
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Re: Are they called.. pocketbooks, purses, handbags?

On 1/22/2015 Marienkaefer2 said: I don't say wear or carry. I say take. ""I'm taking my grey purse today.""


Good point. If someone asked me what purse I was using I would say either ""I'm using"" or ""I'm taking.""

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Re: Are they called.. pocketbooks, purses, handbags?

I'm originally from Massachusetts, where they're called pocketbooks. I now live in Florida which my coworkers and friends have never heard the word "pocketbooks". Here, they're referred to as purses.
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Re: Are they called.. pocketbooks, purses, handbags?

I and most people i know call them "pocketbooks"......LI, NY

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Re: Are they called.. pocketbooks, purses, handbags?

On 1/22/2015 insomniac said:

In Michigan we carry purses.

Yes we do.

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Re: Are they called.. pocketbooks, purses, handbags?

On 1/22/2015 BeckiWV said:

I'm in WV.

When I was growing up, I said "pocketbook", which is what my mom and grandmother always said. When I got a little older, my friends and I all said "purse".

For the several years, I have started saying "bag".

{#emotions_dlg.thumbup1} - although my closest friends and I say "purse" when we're out together, and we "carry" them! One of our group has a lot of designer "bags," and another one can't understand why we all make a big fuss over our "purses" (She carries the same black one from Target all of the time.)! At home, if I'm talking to one of my male family members, I tend to say, "Please hand me my pocketbook." Old habits die hard! Wink

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On 1/22/2015 Caligurll said:
On 1/22/2015 MarthaStewardess said:

Personally, I hate the term pocketbook. To me, they are bags or purses. LOL, oh, and I carry my bag. I don't wear it.

Yes! I carry my purse too, I would never say I wear it. The first (and only) place I've heard that term was on QVC. I asked a few friends if they carry or wear their purse, and they all said carry.

Yes, in Michigan we CARRY purses.

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Re: Are they called.. pocketbooks, purses, handbags?

Pocketbook. I grew up in New York

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Re: Are they called.. pocketbooks, purses, handbags?

I hear all 3 but I say pocketbook.
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My neighbor calls his bag a murse.