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Cossie

Cossie (pronounced Cozzie): swimming costume.

Synonyms include: swimmers, togs, bathers (thanks deird1) and Speedos.

I guess there's a cultural lesson here: eskimos have a number of words for snow and we have a lot of words for swimming costumes. Surprise - a lot of our cities hug the coast.

It seems quite regional too. In Sydney, the most common terms are swimmers and cossie, deird1 pointed out that bathers is the most common term in Melbourne, and togs was a word a friend of mine from Toowoomba (in South Queensland) used to use.

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deird1
Feb. 3rd, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
What about "bathers"? That's the most common Melbourne term...
raira
Feb. 4th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Groovy. I can add that. It's funny how regional it is, isn't it? 'Togs' was a term used by a friend of mine in Toowoomba. You wouldn't hear a Sydneysider use that term. We say cossie or swimmers.
warwick mccormick
May. 20th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
There's also lots of slang terms for that iconic Aussie cossie the speedo
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