Clothing, Men’s and Women’s
W1a What do you open up and hold over your head when it rains?
W1b If you use an umbrella (or other word) when the sun is too hot, you call it a(n) ________.
W1c What joking names do people have for an umbrella around here?
W3 A piece of cloth that a woman folds over her head and ties under her chin:
W3b What do you call a sweatshirt with front pockets and a covering for the head?
W3c Names for the kind of hat that has a bill on it, that often has a business or sports team logo on it:
W3d Kinds of hats you wear in the winter:
W4 What names do you have around here for men’s coats or jackets for work and outdoor wear?
W7 If a man doesn’t use a belt, what does he wear over his shoulders to hold up his trousers?
W8 Names and nicknames for low canvas-top shoes with rubber soles:
W9 A work garment covering the legs and sometimes the chest, worn by farmers:
W10 Work trousers made of rough cloth—different names and kinds:
W11 Men’s low, rough work-shoes—what names do you have for them around here?
W11b Nicknames for different kinds of boots:
W12a Devices fastened under the soles of boots to keep them from slipping:
W14a Names for underwear, including joking names. Men’s—long:
W14b Names for underwear, including joking names. Men’s—short:
W14c Names for underwear, including joking names. Women’s—long:
W14d Names for underwear, including joking names. Women’s—short:
W19 Names and nicknames for the folded cloth worn by a baby in place of pants:
W20 If somebody has no clothes on at all—for example, “There was Mike, ________.” or, “They went swimming ________.”
W21 Soft shoes that people wear only inside the house:
W21b Names for casual sandals with flat soles that attach to the feet with a Y-shaped strap:
W24a What expressions are used around here to warn a woman slyly that her slip is showing?
W24b Sayings to warn a man that his pants are torn or split:
W24c Sayings to warn someone that his (or her) zipper is down:
W24d Other words for men’s pants:
W24e Other words for women’s pants:
W27 What do you call a three-cornered tear in a piece of clothing from catching it on something sharp?
W28 Someone who’s in a hurry and has to sew up a torn place quickly might say, “I’ll just ________.”
W29 What expressions do you have around here for things that are sewn carelessly? “They’re ________.”
W30 When decorations are added to make something more attractive—for example, a hat—a person might say, “It’s too plain—I think I’ll put on a few flowers to ________ it up.”
W32a What names do you have around here for a group that meets to sew together?
W32b What names do you have around here for a group that meets to knit together?
W33 What do you call the jewelry that goes around a woman’s forearm?
W34 Jewelry that is worn on the ears:
W34b What do you call the elasticized band used to pull back long hair?
W35 A piece of jewelry that a woman wears fastened to her blouse or dressy jacket:
W36 What do people say around here about a woman who uses a lot of cosmetics? “She(’s) (a) ________.”
W37 When a woman puts on her good clothes and tries to look her best, you say she(’s) ________.
W38 When a man dresses himself up in his best clothes, you say he(’s) ________.
W39 Joking ways of referring to a person’s best clothes:
W40 What do people say about a woman who overdresses or who spends too much on clothes?
W41 What expressions do you have for someone whose clothes never look right or who always dresses carelessly?
W41b What do you call the clothing you wear to go swimming?
W42a What nicknames do you have around here for men’s sharp-pointed shoes?
W42b And what nicknames for men’s square-toed shoes?
W43 What joking words do you have for clothes in general?
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