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Bumbershoots on a Rainy Day

How do you like my bumbershoot? This quirky little Americanism means umbrella!

The first example of bumbershoot is in Professor Lighter’s Random House Historical Dictionary of the American Languages from 1896. There were some variations around in the early days, such as bumbersol (sol taken from parasol) and bumberell. By the first decade of the twentieth century it had all settled down to bumbershoot.

I wonder why we don't really use this word anymore. (except as the name of a music festival in Seattle) I'm going to start!
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