Thursday, January 29, 2009

What is a bumbershoot?

Main Entry: bum·ber·shoot
Pronunciation: \ˈbəm-bər-ˌshüt\
Date: circa 1896. American.
Function: noun. Singular: bumbershoot Plural: bumbershoots

Etymology: bumber- (alteration of umbr- in umbrella) + -shoot (alteration of -chute in parachute)

1. A whimsical term for an umbrella. "It smells like rain. Perhaps we should take along a bumbershoot."

2. Seattle's major music festival held every Labor Day.

3. A place to find hand crafted items inspired by/created in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. "Bumbershoot Designs."

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