One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
parasol, sunshadeView synonyms
- ‘Brian Sostek demonstrates his patented bumbershoot fencing technique against Megan McClellan in ‘Pieces of Eight’.’
- ‘That's called an umbrella, also sometimes known as a parasol or bumbershoot.’
- ‘Just bring along a big bumbershoot (capable of handling two months of something called ‘heavy precipitation’).’
- ‘Kindly remove that piece of paper from my windshield… didn't your mother ever tell you it's not wise to harass frail ‘little old ladies’ with long canes and large bumbershoots.’
Late 19th century: alteration of umbrella + parachute.
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