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Is Suitcase an Old Person's Word? 
28th-Apr-2012 08:56 am
Poll #1836946 Suitcase?

Do you still use the word "suitcase" to describe the bag you pack your clothes and such in when you travel?

Only if I'm actually packing a suit in it
Something else (what?)

So when you pack a bag to travel, what do you refer to it as? (Select as many as apply)

Travel bag
Travel kit
Kit bag
Gym bag
Tote or tote bag
Something else (what?)
28th-Apr-2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Here's my travel garb vocab. The suitcase is the big main thing you use to pack your things when traveling. The carry-on is the thing you carry onto the plane. Luggage refers to the whole kit and caboodle. Overnight bag if you're going away for just a night or two.
28th-Apr-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
If it's a singular piece and it has a sturdy base/walls and is geometric, it's a suitcase. Even if it's got a handle and wheels.

I refer to the softer bags as duffel bags.

Edited at 2012-04-28 05:14 pm (UTC)
28th-Apr-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
ditto on both accounts.
28th-Apr-2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
If it's a soft piece I call it a bag, if it's a sturdy piece I call it a suitcase. If I have more than one piece I call them luggage.
28th-Apr-2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
I often just refer to any of our checked luggage as "bags," as in, "You go get the bags while I get the car."

Actually now that I think about it, I often just call all of it "bags" anyway. But it's all wheeled suitcases, so not really bag-like at all.

Edited at 2012-04-28 05:31 pm (UTC)
28th-Apr-2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, just bags too.
28th-Apr-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
I refer to it as a suitcase if it's hard and rectangular, but I don't actually own a suitcase, so I pack in either a "backpack", or a "duffel bag", or I think just a "pack".
29th-Apr-2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
I use the word "suitcase" if it's a stiff, rectangular prism container that you can zip or clasp closed, which may or may not have wheels and often has belts that let you buckle down your clothes so they don't slide around. I call it a tote bag if it's cloth with handles made of the same kind of cloth and usually doesn't close. It's an overnight bag if it's stiff and got some kind of zip closure or similar, but isn't a rectangular prism. Gym bags are long nylon cylinders that zip close, satchels have more of a snap/buckle closure, valises are like smaller satchels, chests are even more stiff than suitcases and never zip closed, but always buckle.
1st-May-2012 06:33 am (UTC)
This. A suitcase is a suitcase, regardless of whether it carries a suit, in the same way a gym bag is a gym bag, even if you have it stuffed full with bundles of unmarked bills and a Glock. It's the construction of the bag. And while we could argue over the various specifics (I feel a satchel falls more into the 'inordinately large purse' category and thus requires a shoulder strap) it's a matter of form, not function.
30th-Apr-2012 09:28 am (UTC)
I totally use a portmanteau. No, I'm not being snarky.
2nd-May-2012 09:08 am (UTC)
A little fun-fact. The french "valise" is actually a Germanism- as it comes from "felleisen" (literally "fur iron") and valise is (like other germanisms in french a phonetic approximation of this German word)(same with Garten (garden) and jardine )(In German we now use the word Koffer, and have long abandoned the 'felleisen'

and ontopic. I use suitcase if it is a a suitcase , and I use travel bag or similar if it is a zip up bag(similar to sports equipment bags )
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