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Ms. Brightside
what difference between luggage and baggage?
Oct 24, 2016 2:33 PM
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On "British" versus "U.S." usage, I want to point out that supposed differences are often very "soft." Most of the time, the supposedly "British" usage is perfectly natural, common U.S. usage. I think Su.Ki.'s distinctions are accurate and brilliant; I wish I could give more than one thumbs-up. But in real life in the U.S. the words are synonyms, and which word we use depends on what our parents said and which word we've seen more recently. If we're in an airport and have just paid a "baggage fee" we will talk about "baggage." If we are in a department store--where, as far as I know, the place where they sell suitcases is always called the "luggage" department--we will talk about "luggage." I just did a quick reality check at lordandtaylor.com, a good U.S. department store, and if you type "baggage" in the search box it says "No Results for: baggage. We could not find any matches for your search." If you type in "luggage" you get 375 items. "Luggage" is British usage? I don't think so.
October 24, 2016
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October 24, 2016
Here's a copy and paste of the answer I gave a while back, with thanks to Jerry for finding the link: In most cases they are interchangeable. Two difference come to mind: 'Luggage' can be used to refer to the bags and suitcases themselves, even if they're empty. 'Baggage' can't. 'Baggage' can be used in figurative sense. 'Luggage' can't. For example 'After three failed marriages, Jane has quite a lot of emotional baggage.'
October 24, 2016
Baggage (American English) Luggage (British English)
October 24, 2016
baggage: all the suitcases and bags that you take with you when you travel: British English The basic difference is that "baggage" has a greater scope of meaning than "luggage". Dictionary.com on "baggage": trunks, suitcases, etc., used in traveling; luggage. the portable equipment of an army. luggage: the bags and suitcases that a person carries when traveling : American English
October 24, 2016
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