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  1. charliedeut's Avatar
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    Haberdashery

    Hi everyone!

    Today I'm here to ask a question to native speakers of English. I'm teaching basic English (meaning we started with "Hello, my name's _____. How are you?") to adults, basically online (just a class to attend every month). The thing is, we are using a website designed by someone else (and over whose design I had no influence).

    Now comes my point: in at least a couple of exercises related to jobs, workplaces, shops and the like, the "haberdashery" in my title appeared. Although I started studying English over 25 years ago, I must admit I had never encountered "haberdashery" .

    So my question is: is it still used nowadays in English? I mean both AmE and BrE. I would like to know whether you use it or hear it used much.

    Thanks for your contribution!

    PS: This question is just out of curiosity, I'm not trying to carry out a survey or gather statistical data based on the answers!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Haberdashery

    The word is still used but you won't find many examples of it. I can't remember the last time I saw a physical haberdashery shop in a shopping street.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Haberdashery

    It's not a word that most speakers of AmE would know.

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    Re: Haberdashery

    It's understandable in AusE, though it's usually seen written in advertising. I can't recall it spoken.
    http://www.yellowpages.com.au/find/h...r-brisbane-qld

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    #5

    Re: Haberdashery

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's not a word that most speakers of AmE would know.
    That might be true. We certainly don't use it often.

    (It's a great word, though. I wish we did!)
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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