Just wondering

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Fri Dec 29 19:55:25 UTC 2006

I have always believed a pocketbook is that super-wallet-like thing that
women have inside their purses.

Looking through Google images, though, it seems that I might be simply
wrong due to simply not having enough conversations with women about
bags. On about the 12th page of Google images, I found one image that
agrees with me:


My sister, also a Seattleite, says that a pocketbook is a clutch-type
purse as opposed to a more bag-type. For reference, here is a picture of
what looks to be the origin of the purse meaning of "pocketbook":


Benjamin Barrett
Orange Text, Inc.
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Wilson Gray wrote:
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> 2) Is there anyone for whom the words "pocketbook" and "purse" denote
> different objects? Not "can" or 'could," but _do_.

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