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    Smile "card purse"

    Hi everyone,

    So, my friends and I are having a debate (via facebook) about the origin of the phrase "card purse". Deciding to end it once and for all, since none of us are linguists, I went onto google and typed in many different search terms, finding nothing. Our debate was more on card purse vs wallet, the differences, which one came first, why can't a man have a card purse and why can't a woman have a wallet...then this forum came up on google, I was looking to contact a linguist. So, does anyone here know where 'card purse' came from, if card purse came before wallet or vice versa, and what both terms have to do with gender? Any answers to the above questions would be much appreciated.

    Thank you!

    ~Evenstar~

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    Re: "card purse"

    I have never heard of a 'card purse' but it's true to say that in general a purse is for a woman and a wallet is for a man. It has not always been so, at one time 'a purse' was something we carried money in, male or female.

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    Re: "card purse"

    I've never heard of a "card purse" either, but I'd like to point out that most women do carry wallets within their purses.

    The rest of the stuff in our purses is what everyone else needs - tissues, band aids, cough drops... toy cars, hair clips, and the stuff our husbands hand us with "can you hold on to this for me?"

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    Re: "card purse"

    Hi Barb, that's the difference between Am and Brit English I think, what you call a purse in AmE is a handbag in BrE.

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    Re: "card purse"

    Purse, handbag and pocketbook are all used here.

    What about pocketbook? Is it only "handbag"?

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    Re: "card purse"

    I don't know the term pocketbook, as far as I know it's not used in BrE.

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    Re: "card purse"

    I'm hearing the term "manpurse" or "manbag" more often these days.

    And, women do carry wallets - in their purse.


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    Re: "card purse"

    Aa purse is used for coins; a wallet is used for carrying paper currency and/or cards; a pocketbook is used to carry money, both paper and coinage, plus paper or cards; a "card purse" seems to equate to a "card wallet", specifically intended for credit/debit cards: http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/...ard-wallet.jpg

    A handbag is the bag in which all the above is carried.

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