Re: USAGE: Language revival
|Date:||Tuesday, December 7, 1999, 7:19|
Am 12/06 13:13 Bryan Maloney yscrifef:
> On Sat, 4 Dec 1999, andrew wrote:
> > having never noticed this word until this clothing discussion, I'm
> > wondering if it deliberately meant to evoke windcheater?
> Highly doubtful. The USA word for the garment you mention is
> "windbreaker". "Windcheater" is a non-word over here.
>Interesting. I've always though of "windcheater" as an Americanism. I
looked at two concise dictionaries. The Oxford had ~-breaker, ~-cheater
as synonyms (under "wind", hence the ~), and the Collins only had
"windcheater" (as its own entry). I wonder where it came from then...?
Andrew Smith, Intheologus email@example.com
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