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    Question "haberdashery"...

    Hi,
    Is this word still used in BrE to refer to a shop? Any informal name for this shop? Thanks.

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    Re: "haberdashery"...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    Is this word still used in BrE to refer to a shop? Any informal name for this shop? Thanks.
    Your question made me smile because my father worked in a haberdashery for many years and to just hear or see this word brings back many happy memories of my childhood. Having said that, I must add that one rarely hears the word anymore in AmE, and very few haberdasheries sill exist (in NYC at least) except at the high end. The only alternative that I can think of (in AmE) is menīs furnishings store.
    Irrelevant information: Harry Truman, 33rd President of the US, was a haberdasher in his earlier years.

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    Re: "haberdashery"...

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Your question made me smile because my father worked in a haberdashery for many years and to just hear or see this word brings back many happy memories of my childhood. Having said that, I must add that one rarely hears the word anymore in AmE, and very few haberdasheries sill exist (in NYC at least) except at the high end. The only alternative that I can think of (in AmE) is menīs furnishings store.
    Irrelevant information: Harry Truman, 33rd President of the US, was a haberdasher in his earlier years.

    Hi...Thanks for the kind answer! I hope you always reminisce about nice old memories.........................An interesting point is, I think, the difference between American and British usage regarding this term. I think in BrE the word refers to stuff related to clothing such as pins, needles, thread, cloth etc. (notions in AmE?) while in AmE it must be used to refer to men's clothes. I wonder if there's any special term used in daily speech to refer to the shop selling that kind of stuff (BrE).

    Thanks again!

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    Re: "haberdashery"...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    ...I wonder if there's any special term used in daily speech to refer to the shop selling that kind of stuff (BrE).
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    If such a shop existed any more - selling just needles, pins, silks, cottons, binding, elastic ... things used to 'make do and mend' (which is a rare skill today) it would be called a haberdashery. (There may be a few specialist shops like that still, but I don't recall one.)

    The word still exists to refer to that sort of item (if not the shop itself); and many department stores have a 'haberdashery department' (though the trendier ones would probably avoid such a good old word )

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