A Conversation for Umbrellas

Bumbershoots and Parasols

Post 1


What alternate names do people have for umbrellas? My fiance uses "bumbershoot" exclusively. Is a "parasol" just an umbrella used as a sun-shade, or is there a difference in design?

Bumbershoots and Parasols

Post 2

AEndr, The Mad Hatter

brolly is fairly standard

"parasol" means "against the sun"
"parapluie", the french name for umbrella, means "against the rain"

parasols tend to be made out of a different material, that is not so water resistant as umbrellas but is better at reflecting the sun's radiation.

Bumbershoots and Parasols

Post 3

Wand'rin star

You can now get nice lined ones that will function as both parapluie and parasol

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