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So, yes, I do have a degree in Linguistics, and I am interested in how people use language but what is up with the liberal (we won’t even go into the misuse of that word lately) use of the terms “shrug” and “cape” or “capelet” these days? I was just looking at the new Kim Hargreaves designs (which I love but you have to buy them as a kit and I _hate_ the colors. No black or red available in any of the patterns I saw.) and she had more than one “shrug” which was just a short sweater! I’m sorry, but a “shrug” is basically sleeves attached together in the back, not a cropped sweater! (I love shrugs and I love cropped sweaters, but they are not the same!)

Then I’m looking at some knitting patterns today (it just might have been the Crystal Palace free patterns, I can’t remember) and their “shrugs” are actually short capes! A cape, you might remember, does not have sleeves at all and can tie in the front.

To recap:

shrug = only sleeves
cape = no sleeves

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Elspeth

is a knitter, librarian and pop culture enthusiast in the San Francisco Peninsula. Email me at emmckee@rocketmail

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