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Prolagus commented on the word carpet bag
See also carpet-bag, the way it is spelled in Anne of Green Gables.
December 23, 2008
BrainyBabe commented on the word carpet bag
At the beginning of "Mary Poppins", the eponymous nanny is unpacking her ~, and her new little charge, upon learning what it was called, asks her if it was of or for carpet. Mary Poppins then performs the first of her tricks.
A bag made of carpet. A relatively lightweight alternative to cumbersome trunks. Hence easy travel, hence carpetbagger.