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    Hi,
    I know that the white one is a wind breaker (windcheater) but what is the red one? What do you the red one? Do you call the red one a parka?

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    Re: parka

    In BrE, I'd call the yellow one a waterproof jacket and the red one a padded jacket.

    For me, these are classic parkas. In the 1960s, "mods" wore parkas which looked like this.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: parka

    I would call the red one either a parka or just a heavy coat. It's hard to tell if the white one is a raincoat or a just a windbreaker.

    I find the term 'windcheater' interesting - that's a new one for me. Living in a very windy climate, the notion that I can somehow "cheat" the wind seems somehow very satisfactory!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I would call the red one either a parka or just a heavy coat. It's hard to tell if the white one is a raincoat or a just a windbreaker.

    I find the term 'windcheater' interesting - that's a new one for me. Living in a very windy climate, the notion that I can somehow "cheat" the wind seems somehow very satisfactory!
    Don't you use "padded jacket" for the red one in the US?

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    Re: parka

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    Don't you use "padded jacket" for the red one in the US?
    Some might. The distinctions aren't ironclad.
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    Re: parka

    I have a British friend in London. He told me that he would call the red one "a down insulated jacket".

    What's your opinion about "a down insulated jacket"?

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    Re: parka

    It depends if it actually has down in it or not. If it does, then that's as good a name as any of the other terms.

    These are just all different names for essentially the same thing. Don't worry too much about picking the "best" marketing terminology.
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    Re: parka

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    What's your opinion about "a down insulated jacket"?
    I certainly wouldn't bother with the 'insulated'.

    A quick Google search suggests that 'insulated down jacket' is more common than 'down insulated jacket' in catalogues and advertising material.

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    Re: parka

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    Don't you use "padded jacket" for the red one in the US?
    I've never heard the term. I'd call it a parka.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: parka

    You can peruse the L. L. Bean catalog if you like:
    http://www.llbean.com/llb/search/?fr...pe=0&gnattr=-1

    I can't say one that I would call a parka is simply called a winter coat. Parkas definitely have hoods, though.
    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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