Tuesday, April 26, 2011

British Word of the Day

Yes.  It is a jumper but, as in most things, it's the filling that matters more than the shell...
 jump·er 2  (jmpr)
1. A sleeveless dress worn over a blouse or sweater.
2. A loose, protective garment worn over other clothes.
3. A child's garment consisting of straight-legged pants attached to a biblike bodice. Often used in the plural.
4. Chiefly British A pullover sweater.
[She] thanked heaven that she had had the sense to buy wool and needles for the jumpers she intended to knit for the children.--The Final Touch 
This is one of the few British words that I have trouble with as it conjures that first definition, for me (see right), so vividly.  Does anyone have any idea how this might have come to mean 'knitted sweater'?