On a lighter note: Rachel and I have been having this fight for the last ten years and I need to win it before we get married.
Sweatshirt v. Jacket
No. I’m not talking about preferences. I am talking about definitions.
My argument: if it has a zipper all the way down the front, it’s a jacket.
Her argument: it is not about the structure, it is about the material.
My argument: you can modify the term jacket by saying sweatshirt jacket, but this does not detract from the fact that it is a jacket.
Her argument: if it’s fleece it’s a jacket, even if the zipper doesn’t go all the way down, because it is considered outerwear.
My argument: that’s stupid.
Her argument: you’re stupid.
Ambiguous modern definitions are little help. Clearly people do not care about this as much as they should:
: a loose collarless pullover or jacket usually of heavy cotton jersey
1 a : a garment for the upper body usually having a front opening, collar, lapels, sleeves, and pockets b : something worn or fastened around the body but not for use as clothing
Or maybe there are people who care! “The 14th century: One of the first jacket-like garments was the doublet (pourpoint in French). Modern jackets can be said to have evolved from Renaissance doublets. The doublet was a close-fitting, short jacket worn by men beginning in the 14th century. Initially the doublet was a long sleeveless fitted garment with buttons worn without sleeves.”
Ahem. Note all those fasteners! That said, I am never too confident in a website with more spelling mistakes than a third grader’s homework assignment.
I encourage anyone (particularly Rachel) to do a google image search of the word “jacket.” You will note that the first several pages showcase garments with a fastener of some kind extending all the way from the neck to the waist. Garments of various materials, I will add. The same experiment with the word “sweatshirt” will show you that zippers only appear in the images if the phrase “zip up” (or the like) is attached, thus suggesting that without a modifier that a sweatshirt has no zipper.
My apologies to all of you not in the Bay Area: the whole idea of jackets or sweatshirts at this time of year is probably offensive to your frozen sensibilities. We did get a lot of rain today . . . if that makes you feel any better?