Packing that Christmas Satchel

Does anyone even use the word satchel any more?  I think it is a great word, though I tend to connect it with my school days.  After I became a teacher, I had the hardest time learning to NOT use the word in reference to the kids’ backpacks!

This satchel is traveling

on its way

With a gift and greetings

For Christmas Day.

Vintage card by Rust Craft


Posted by Miss Vintage Love:

Satchel IS a great word!
Its due for a comeback:)

Tuesday, December 12th 2006 @ 10:29 AM

Posted by Jan:

Oh, I’m going to add ‘satchel’ to my favourite words that have gone out of fashion list (right up there with ‘frock’, ‘greengrocer’, ‘wireless’ and ‘icebox’). 

Thursday, December 9th 2010 @ 1:36 PM

Posted by Mei:

Long-time reader, first-time commenter! I can confirm that the word “satchel” hasn’t gone out of style in New England. Other words that I hear regularly: malted and five and dime.

I was wondering, do you think “bathing suit” is old-fashioned? I use this all the time, but I feel like most people call it a swimsuit?

Just FYI, I’m in my mid-20s, brought up in Vermont.

Thursday, December 9th 2010 @ 5:49 PM

Posted by tom tuttle from tacoma:

i do think people still use the word. just not sure if it has come to refer to the shape or the ‘function’ of the bag. i’m still looking for my dream satchel and it looks quite like that picture you posted.

Thursday, December 9th 2010 @ 6:24 PM

Posted by Lizzie:

It is interesting how words go out of fashion. Bathing suit? Actually it is an archaic term, but I think lots of people still use it. I know I do, but i also use swimsuit.

Jan, I use “frock” quite a bit, and I’ve even had to explain its meaning for people!

Mei, thanks for posting, and especially for reading!

ttft, I think it refers to both. I think of the word as a school-kid briefcase, but I’ve also seen it used to mean a small travel bag, as it is in my little illustration.

Friday, December 10th 2010 @ 6:32 AM

Posted by Mei:

Thanks for the confirmation, Lizzie! I have been Googling the bathing suit thing, and I couldn’t get the answer I wanted.

Another thing I wanted to throw out there, since you’re so helpful– what do people say when they go shopping for food? Is it going “food shopping” or “going to the supermarket”? I say going to the market, not supermarket, and now I think that that’s probably odd as well? Yikes!

Friday, December 10th 2010 @ 6:41 AM

Posted by Lizzie:

Here, in my corner of the south, most people say,”going to the grocery store”, but more and more you hear “going to the supermarket.” Actually, many people use the store name – “going to Ingles” or going to Food Lion.”

Friday, December 10th 2010 @ 6:44 AM

Posted by Mei:

Thanks, Lizzie! I could talk about this stuff all day.

Friday, December 10th 2010 @ 7:14 AM

Posted by Lizzie:

Well, you are certainly at the right place!

Friday, December 10th 2010 @ 7:42 AM

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One response to “Packing that Christmas Satchel

  1. A few forgotten terms my grandma used to use: davenport (sofa), icebox (fridge), supper (dinner), grocery (market), words that puzzled me as a kid…

    “Bathing suit”? let’s add “tank suit”, that’s my mom’s term (but the apparel industry is only using “swimsuit” now). We had a discussion in my costume history class: what is a “tank” and why were pools called “tanks”? This led to talking about the great big old YMCA buildings with pools for women to swim in the basement. You are encouraged to do a post on that one!


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