Just wondering

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 30 02:00:21 UTC 2006

FWIW,my wife, who's from Wilkes-Barre, speaking of Pennsylavania.
doesn't recognize any distinction between "purse" and "pocketbook."

Also, FWIW, I don't consider what I call a "change purse" to be a
purse in the sense meant here. If my wife asked me to get her purse,
it would never occur to me to look inside her pocketbook for her
change purse.

IAC, I'd say that it's clear that, for some people, "pocketbook" and
"purse" name distinct objects and cannot be interchanged. Whew! That's
a load off my mind! ;-)


On 12/29/06, GSCole <gscole at ark.ship.edu> wrote:
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> In my mind, a purse is smaller than a pocketbook; a purse may be carried
> inside of a pocketbook.  A coin purse is the smallest purse of which I'm
> aware; small enough to be carried in a trouser side pocket.
> George Cole
> Shippensburg University
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> Subject:      Re: [ADS-L] Just wondering
> 2) "Pocketbook" and "purse" are interchangeable.
>   I've always considered a purse to be smaller than a pocketbook. A
> pocketbook has all your work-a-day junk in it; a purse is for a few
> necessary items.
> Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 2) Is there anyone for whom the words "pocketbook" and "purse" denote
> different objects? Not "can" or 'could," but _do_.
> -Wilson
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