dungarees

First, a big thank you to Sarah and Leigh who sent excellent palindromes. In case you don’t read the comments, here they are.

Was it Eliot’s toilet I saw?
Go hang a salami; I’m a lasagna hog!

The other day my brother-in-law, Ted, mentioned that he was going to put on his dungarees. That comment prompted a discussion of the word. When I was going to college, other girls were wearing jeans but at my house we always referred to them as dungarees. Is this a New Jersey thing? What a strange looking word. So I thought I’d look it up.

dungarees – Trousers or overalls made of sturdy denim fabric. (Dictionary.com) Dungaree is the name of the fabric.
Here’s the derivation – from Hindi dungri “coarse calico,” from the name of a village, now one of the quarters of Bombay. (etymonline.com)

Interesting.

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