Posted by: episystechpubs | April 30, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Bumbershoots and Bandicoots

Dearest readers,

Yesterday I told you a little bit about my Washington vacation, and one of you Washingtonians asked me about the meaning and origin of the word bumbershoot.

As the Eskimos have many words for snow, Seattleites have several words for umbrella. According to Merriam-Webster, bumbershoot originated around 1896 from “bumber- (alteration of umbr- in umbrella) + -shoot (alteration of -chute in parachute).” It is also the name of the festival at the Seattle Center, usually around Labor Day (Bumbershoot 2015).

While looking up bumbershoot, I also noticed that Merriam-Webster provided words that rhyme with it, including bandicoot. A bandicoot is a large rat-like animal from Australia or Asia.

Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

Symitar Documentation Services

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