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Yes I know IABU but what happened to the word "pushchair";?

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Anotherusefulname Thu 27-Sep-12 10:33:38

I know there are more important things to get annoyed by but DD has just stopped using the pushchair. It really does irritate me when people ask me where my buggy is.

It is a pushchair, I'm pretty sure buggy was a brand name or model name of a particular pushchair. A similar situation to not all vacuum cleaners being hoovers.

So I don't have a buggy but my pushchair has been put in the loft for next time. AIBU to say "we have put the pushchair in the loft " in response to " what have you done with your buggy?" and similar questions.

ShobGiteTheKnid Thu 27-Sep-12 10:34:37

I wondered this too.

eurochick Thu 27-Sep-12 10:35:07

I've had the same thought many times.

larks35 Thu 27-Sep-12 10:37:17

I still call it a pushchair. My DS3.8yo corrected me the other day saying "no mummy it's a buggy". No idea where he got that idea from!

Psammead Thu 27-Sep-12 10:43:13

I tend to call everything pram. I have trouble with 'sh' when I am talking fast, so it comes out as 'Puss chair' grin

Buggy - I don't think it's in my day-to-day vocabulary.

Tee2072 Thu 27-Sep-12 10:44:11

I interchange pushchair, buggy and pram.

They all mean pushchair at this point in our lives. grin

Ephiny Thu 27-Sep-12 10:45:09

Is 'buggy' an umbrella-term for both pushchairs and prams though?

AndiMac Thu 27-Sep-12 10:45:34

And I tend to call it a stroller, being an uncivilized colonial.

SammyTheSwedishSquirrel Thu 27-Sep-12 10:45:37

Buggy was a trademark name of the Maclaren pushchair which folds sort of like a brolly. The type you would take on a bus prior to them being accessible.

SuperSesame Thu 27-Sep-12 10:45:47

Always used buggy here. Pram when its got a lie-flat part. Am in Ireland if it is regional!

BertieBotts Thu 27-Sep-12 10:47:53

I call it both, why would you care?

YY I tend to use buggy as a catch all. You can't really refer to a lie-flat pram as a pushchair, because it's not a chair!

Pascha Thu 27-Sep-12 10:48:16

My buggy has been both a pushchair and a pram so I use all of it in various situations.

SuperSesame Thu 27-Sep-12 10:48:53

Sammy,was it really a brand name? Never heard that before. I assumed the word buggy is from the old horse and cart type buggy.

CassandraApprentice Thu 27-Sep-12 10:49:05

My 3 year old spend an entire something special program shouting at the TV every time Justin said buggy - shouting 'it's a pushchair'.

I thought pram was a big old fashioned thing - but pushchair, buggy not really that different - possibly buggy meaning smaller umbrella folding pushchair.

ViviPru Thu 27-Sep-12 10:49:42

SammyTheSwedishSquirrel Thu 27-Sep-12 10:45:37
Buggy was a trademark name of the Maclaren pushchair which folds sort of like a brolly.

This was mine when I was a Prulet....

OhChristFENTON Thu 27-Sep-12 10:50:23

Pram, pushchair and stroller (after spending a few weeks in America) - never really felt right to say 'buggy', dunno why.

SammyTheSwedishSquirrel Thu 27-Sep-12 10:52:41

That's the one ViviPru

SuperSesame yep, although the full name was originally The Maclaren Baby Buggy.

LST Thu 27-Sep-12 10:54:44

I'm a buggy and a hoover user.

SooticaTheWitchesCat Thu 27-Sep-12 10:54:48

I always say push chair, never buggy.

But I also had a Dyson that I call a Hoover wink

gallifrey Thu 27-Sep-12 10:56:19

One of my friends always calls it a pram even if it is a pushchair/buggy and several people I know call them strollers!

ViviPru Thu 27-Sep-12 10:56:25

I've always maintained that when my Prulets come along if the Maclaren deckchair on wheels was good enough for me it'll be good enough for them. I actually remember sitting in it. I remember loving it. Who needs full suspension and integrated-carry-systems? grin

LadyMargolotta Thu 27-Sep-12 10:57:18

I always say pram. Even when I mean pushchair or buggy.

Mintyy Thu 27-Sep-12 10:57:24

Fil calls it a tripper if you please!

SammyTheSwedishSquirrel Thu 27-Sep-12 10:57:44

It was good enough for my daughter too. So much easier to drag across a sandy beach with you picnic hanging from it than any other pushchair.

OddGoldBoots Thu 27-Sep-12 10:58:50

Do you have a sofa or a settee? A lounge or a livingroom?

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