How would you say "donkey jacket" in American English ?

Isabelle
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Isabelle Hamey wrote on 06 Sep 2004:
How would you say "donkey jacket" in American English ?

"a short thick jacket; often worn by workmen"

==> "a work jacket"

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How would you say "donkey jacket" in American English ?

Pea jacket, if similar to the American sailor's
melton jacket thus named.

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How would you say "donkey jacket" in American English ? Isabelle

Judging from what I found it'd probably be "work jacket". I've never heard of a "donkey jacket". AmE (American English) is the kind I use.


Noun 1. donkey jacket - a short thick jacket; often worn by workmen
jacket - a short coat
http://www.allwords.com/word-donkey+jacket.html
donkey jacket
noun
1. A heavy jacket made of a thick woollen fabric, usually black ordark blue, and with reinforced shoulders.
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How would you say "donkey jacket" in American English ? Isabelle

Judging from what I found it'd probably be "work jacket". I've never heard of a "donkey jacket". AmE (American English) is the kind I use. Noun 1. donkey jacket - a short thick jacket; often worn by workmen jacket - a short coat http://www.allwords.com/word-donkey+jacket.html donkey jacket noun 1. A heavy jacket made of a thick woollen fabric, usually black or dark blue, and with reinforced shoulders.

I know what a donkey jacket is; it's a heavy dark wool jacket, of the type worn by construction workers in England. I think a "pea coat" is the same kind of jacket, but I don't really know exactly what a pea coat is.

Fran
How would you say "donkey jacket" in American English ?

Huh? "Donkey jacket" *is* American English it's a euphemism for the original BrE "ass jacket".

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Judging from what I found it'd probably be "work jacket". ... AmE (American English) is the kind I use. Noun

I know what a donkey jacket is; it's a heavy dark wool jacket, of the type worn by construction workers in England. I think a "pea coat" is the same kind of jacket, but I don't really know exactly what a pea coat is.

The"reinforced shoulders" bit is important. It doesn't mean Joan-Crawford-meets-the-NFL padding, but rather black leather or plastic patches on each shoulder. (A wild guess would be that this is to prevent wear, because they were originally designed for hod carriers.)
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Ross Howard
Isabelle Hamey typed thus:
How would you say "donkey jacket" in American English ?

Fortunately, David's AUE index is still online in his head, so he can bring you this previous discussion from Google Groups:

David
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I know what a donkey jacket is; it's a heavy dark wool jacket, of the type worn by construction workers in England. I think a "pea coat" is the same kind of jacket, but I don't really know exactly what a pea coat is.

I don't know what a "donkey jacket" is, but for AmE purposes a pea coat is a coat, not a jacket. (I think the BrE definition of "jacket" is broader, or at least different.) Pea coats are specifically naval in design or inspiration. I wouldn't expect to see a construction worker wearing a pea coat.
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