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Do you use the word 'sweater'?

Posted by DK 
DK
Do you use the word 'sweater'?
May 06, 2018 11:03PM
I got a bit annoyed this week because the Fashion section in the Viva supplement of the NZ Herald was featuring sweaters for winter. They had photos of woolly jumpers and each one was described as a sweater. The article was titled 'Sweater Weather'.

The reason I got annoyed was because to me the word 'sweater' is an Americanism. It seemed like pretentious fashion journalism to use the word 'sweater' instead of jumper. Then I thought, maybe I'm being a bit ignorant and making a bit of an assumption and maybe sweater is a common term in NZ.

My question is, "Do you commonly use the word 'sweater' or hear the word commonly used in NZ?"
Re: Do you use the word 'sweater'?
May 06, 2018 11:15PM
It's not a word that I use, but nothing surprises me when it comes to fashion writing. Or most writing in The Herald these days come to think of it.
Re: Do you use the word 'sweater'?
May 06, 2018 11:22PM
TPANDAV Wrote:
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> It's not a word that I use, but nothing surprises
> me when it comes to fashion writing. Or most
> writing in The Herald these days come to think of
> it.


Precisely - The Herald!
Re: Do you use the word 'sweater'?
May 06, 2018 11:22PM
I'm with you DK. I think it is an American term and as such not used much here in NZ. I don't use the term myself. They're jumpers. Pullovers is the UK term.
Re: Do you use the word 'sweater'?
May 06, 2018 11:44PM
What about "jersey"? That's what I call it.
Re: Do you use the word 'sweater'?
May 07, 2018 05:44AM
I've always used the term 'jersey'.
Re: Do you use the word 'sweater'?
May 07, 2018 06:16AM
I usually use the term jersey or jumper as well..
To me a sweater is a garment often made out of a cotton knit fabric.
Language certainly evolves or as in some cases, is thrust upon us.
Re: Do you use the word 'sweater'?
May 07, 2018 06:51PM
I use the word jersey if it is wool and sweatshirt/jumper for anything that is long sleeved and a cotton knit as opposed to a woold knit.
Sweater and sweatshirt are funny words as they do implicate gym/sports activity as opposed to just keeping warm. But then again they are all odd words, a jumper is a weird word for a garment...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/07/2018 06:54PM by helen.
Re: Do you use the word 'sweater'?
May 07, 2018 06:56PM
Yes I use the word jersey too but as I was born and spent my early years in the South Island, I think you'll find that it is predominantly a South Island word.

I believe that the Herald journalist used the word sweater in this context to create a catchy headline - the words sweater and weather are very similar apart from a couple of letters. She probably doesn't use the word sweater either, but it was used conveniently for the purposes of the exercise.

Regards,

Barbara Anne
Re: Do you use the word 'sweater'?
May 07, 2018 08:18PM
According to the Oxford English Dictionary '"jumper" in this context is derived from "jump" meaning 'short coat', perhaps from Scots "jupe", 'a man's (later also a woman's) loose jacket or tunic', via Old French from Arabic jubba.
Re: Do you use the word 'sweater'?
May 07, 2018 11:24PM
In the US, a "jumper" is a girls/women's tunic/romper type garment, akin to TPANDAV's definition above. I use "jumper" for just about everything that is a pull on second layer.
Re: Do you use the word 'sweater'?
May 08, 2018 06:26PM
Jersey for this ex South Islander
J1
Re: Do you use the word 'sweater'?
May 11, 2018 09:48PM
Jersey - North Island girl here. Pretty much never use the word jumper. I don't refer to anything as a sweater.

Interestingly I was recently watching the fairly awful "How Do I Look?" American TV programme where they take someone who dresses dreadfully every day and make them look like a transvestite instead (well, imho). In this episode, the dreadfully dressed female kept referring to her sweatshirts as sweaters and the host of the show became more and more upset and adamantly ordered her again and again to call them sweatshirts as they WERE NOT SWEATERS!!
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