USAGE: turquoise badminton waistcoat (was: Re: USAGERe:Language revival)
|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 2, 1999, 23:49|
John Cowan wrote:
> undershirt: the garment nearest the skin, sometimes in the form
> of a T-shirt, sometimes in the form with two shoulder straps
> ("tank tops", though that term is also applied to shirts in this form).
For me, "tank top" can only be worn by itself. An undershirt *must*
have another shirt over it to be called an undershirt. A tank-top is an
autonomous piece of clothing.
> jacket: the outermost garment. If not part of a suit, it may be
> called a "sports jacket". This word is also applied to cold-weather
> gear that does not extend below the waist; if it extends below the
> waist, it is a "coat".
I distinguish the two by thickness. A jacket is for cool weather or
just for looks, while a coat is for cold weather.
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