19 July 2007

Playing Pretend?

The German language is sometimes quite strange.

Today in my German lesson I learned what the various pieces of clothing are called.

For instance, the word for "suit," meaning matching slacks and jacket, is der Anzug.

But then I discovered that der Anzug is used only when talking about suits for men.

Suits for women are called das Kostüm.

My tutor didn't understand why I found calling what women wear to work a "costume" a little insulting.


Expat Traveler said...

I agree with you 100%! it is insulting...

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Princess Cat's Pajamas said...

That's so odd... in French, it's men who wear a "costume" to work... I don't know what they call a woman's suit.