Just wondering

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Fri Dec 29 20:27:51 UTC 2006

At 03:02 PM 12/29/2006, you wrote:
>Jim Parish wrote:
>>Wilson Gray asked:
>>>2) Is there anyone for whom the words "pocketbook" and "purse"
>>>denote different objects? Not "can" or 'could," but _do_.
>>Scot LaFaive replied:
>>>For #2, I consider a pocketbook as a large wallet for women and a purse as a
>>>bag with a shoulder strap.
>>That's my understanding also. (My visualization of a pocketbook is
>>something that can be conveniently held in one hand; a purse is rather
>>larger than that, in my head.)
>Well, just for an opposing point of view. A pocketbook is what my mother
>  (and her mother, before her) calls a purse.
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I agree with Alice--and both can have straps (small or for shoulder) or not.

Beverly, a woman of the same generation, mas o meno

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