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    Default luggage vs baggage

    What is the difference between "luggage" and "baggage".

    Is baggage more informal when comparing to luggage? Or is it vice-versa?

    Which of these two terms is more commonly used in Britain, US, Australia?

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    Default Re: luggage vs baggage

    In terms of travelling, they are identical.

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    Of course, but I think there must be some difference. According my translator, baggage is more informal than luggage. I assume that from the translation results for baggage (seven or so). Some are in my language more informal or slang. Luggage has more formal meaning and has just two main meaning.

    According to Google, more results are given by baggage.

    So, I am confused.

    Which term use air companies or travel companies mostly?
    What do you use personally more often?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    Of course, but I think there must be some difference. According my translator, baggage is more informal than luggage. I assume that from the translation results for baggage (seven or so). Some are in my language more informal or slang. Luggage has more formal meaning and has just two main meaning.

    According to Google, more results are given by baggage.

    So, I am confused.

    Which term use air companies or travel companies mostly?
    What do you use personally more often?
    what is known by almost everyone is that they mean the same... yet the only difference is that:
    Luggage is used in British English whereas baggage is in American.

    I am personally used to use luggage more than baggage.

    I guess if you are going to travel to a European country or any other country in Northern Africa, Asia or Australia, you may opt for the British word but if you are travelling to America ..etc you would rather opt for the American one.

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    I think luggage might be used more often by travel companies. For example, there is the term carry-on luggage.

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...e-luggage.html

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    Ron, do you agree that luggage is European and baggage is American? I don't.

    We have carry-on luggage, for sure, but a baggage allowance.

    I know I would refer to the physical suitcases as luggage (matching luggage).

    Funny how we have "carry-on bags" for our luggage/baggages, but not carry-on lugs. Though you do lug it around... hmmm. Something for Steven Wright to noodle on.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Ron, do you agree that luggage is European and baggage is American? I don't.
    Nope. They are both American. I do think "baggage" has more meanings.





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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Nope. They are both American. I do think "baggage" has more meanings.




    My electronic translator thinks it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Ron, do you agree that luggage is European and baggage is American? I don't.

    We have carry-on luggage, for sure, but a baggage allowance.

    I know I would refer to the physical suitcases as luggage (matching luggage).

    Funny how we have "carry-on bags" for our luggage/baggages, but not carry-on lugs. Though you do lug it around... hmmm. Something for Steven Wright to noodle on.
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Nope. They are both American. I do think "baggage" has more meanings.




    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    My electronic translator thinks it too.
    It is in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary where I found that luggage is British and baggage is American.

    I was only trying to make a suggestion and trying honestly to help. But if it seems to you inappropriate you may simply leave it or clarify things to me and to all the others in a more direct and accurate way.

    Thank you

    sorry

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    I would go back to what Anglika said. Either would be understood, and there is unlikely to be any confusion no matter which is used.


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