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hi, what are the differences between a bag and a purse? (in American English)
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They are often synonymous when meant to describe what women tote about with them constantly, full of cosmetics and car keys and credit cards. Bags can also be bigger-- as in 'shopping bags' and 'travelling bags'. Change purses (sometimes also called just 'purses') are tiny things for small coins and bobby pins.
Mister MicawberThey are often synonymous when meant to describe what women tote about with them constantly, full of cosmetics and car keys and credit cards.
Hmmph! When someone sneezes in church, who can be relied upon to procure a tissue to stop the otherwise ceaseles sniffing? A mother with a handbag! When someone gets a papercut that shows signs of bleeding all over important papers, who can fish out a Band-Aid? A mother with a handbag. When a button pops off and can't be left undone, who has a safety pin? Yes, indeed, a mother with a handbag! Stain removal stick? Oh yes! Aspirin? Check. Artificial sweetener when all the restaurant has is sugar or the pink stuff? All that is in addition to the girly stuff like a nail file and lipstick!

However to answer the OP - I call it a purse most often, a handbag sometimes, and very rarely these days, a pocketbook. (I used pocketbook when I was a teen, however. I'm not sure if it's generational, or becuase that was more than 20 years ago and the word has gone out of style.)
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hi,very good,but what is typo
That's my little joke. A typo is when you make a mistake typing. Like thsi. I make a lot of them. I do try to proofread, but I maek thme anyway.
Hi is here someone who know that???
What is American English for Handbag???
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Handbag, purse, pocketbook - all of these are American.
well a purse is something u put money and credit cards and stuff like that in, kind of small, and a bag is something u put ur purse and ur car keys and everything in and anything else..... a purse is usually awomens kind of thing and a man has a wallet and doesnt have a bag so they are basically women things
No, not in American English. I put my money, picture of my kids, and credit cards in my WALLET. My wallet, keys, tissues, sweetener, hand sanitizer, pen, stain stick, Band-Aids, aspirin, safety pins, check book, and whatever else happens to be in there go into my PURSE. Or my HANDBAG. Or my POCKETBOOK. They are all the same. I'm sure the fashion mavens would tell you what the difference is, but unless you have your head glued to the fashion pages, you don't differentiate.
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