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    Would you call these objects a purse in BrE and a change purse in AmE or would you use some other terms for them?

    "It was a neat little voice. The owner of a voice like that kept his money in
    a shovel purse and always counted his change carefully."
    (T. Pratchett, Hogfather)

    Is a shovel purse something like the purse with a clasp in the picture above? I didn't find the word in dictionaries and I searched for images on the Internet, but all I could see was large female bags and something like a small bag for a folding shovel.

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    Re: a purse

    They're change purses in American English. I've never seen the term "shovel purse" before, and Googling it shed little light.
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    Re: a purse

    Another dilemma I faced while typing this post was whether to use was or were in this part of the sentence: "...all I could see was large female bags and something like a small bag for a folding shovel." Is that correct?

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    Re: a purse

    They would just be called "a purse" in BrE. This is definitely a BrE vs AmE difference. A purse in AmE is a handbag in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a purse

    Those little change purses are also called coin purses​ in American English.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    They would just be called "a purse" in BrE. This is definitely a BrE vs AmE difference. A purse in AmE is a handbag in BrE.


    I know about this difference (a purse in AmE is a handbag in BrE), but I am not sure if a wallet and a purse can be synonyms in BrE. Could this be called a purse in BrE as well, or can we only say that it's a wallet?
    No one has mentioned a shovel purse. Does that mean that it may be a term invented by the author?

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    That's definitely a wallet in BrE.

    I've never heard of a shovel purse either. Note that GoesStation mentioned it in post #2.
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    Sorry. I should have written that no one has mentioned that he or she has heard of it.

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    Re: a purse

    Google did bring up one image of a similar little purse when searching for images matching "shovel purse".
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    Re: a purse

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Google did bring up one image of a similar little purse when searching for images matching "shovel purse".
    There were only two or three change purses among those images. You may refer to this one. (The name "a croissant purse" looks very appropriate.)Click image for larger version. 

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