This European word dates way back to the 1600s, when it was used to describe a small bag used to carry coins.
The name comes from—you guessed it—a small book that used to be carried in one’s pocket, and also held bank notes and money.
While your grandmother might still use the term, younger women tend to call their bags “purses” or “handbags.”
You are more likely to hear the term pocketbook these days when it referes to an app or a handheld touchscreen computer. Seem confusing? Bone up on today’s computing terms.
This word, which is an alteration of the term “snippersnapper,” first appeared in the 1700s, making it abundantly clear that even our earliest ancestors were easily annoyed by petulant children.
In its more modern form, the term relates to an overconfident child or young person who acts more important than he or she actually is: “That clueless whippersnapper doesn’t know a darn thing about life!”
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If you came of age in the 1980s, chances are you still use the word “tape” when it comes to recording your favorite music or TV shows, as in, “I’m not going to be home tonight to watch ‘Knight Rider.’ Could you tape it for me?”
With the advent of digital media, there’s obviously no longer a need to record anything on magnetic tape, but still, old linguistic habits die hard.
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