Why Do We Say “Beach Umbrella” and not “Beach Parasol”?

23 Jan

I ask because as it turns out, parasols were frilly and meant to protect from the sun, while umbrellas were given the duty of rain defense. But somehow we’ve mixed the terms up when it comes to the beach – or maybe it’s just that no one uses “parasol” anymore.

If you’re curious, the concept of a parasol is indeed ancient–depicted in sculptures and paintings of Egypt.

And if you’re curious as to why I’m writing about umbrellas and parasols…it’s because their color caught my eye while on the beaches of the Outer Banks.

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Beach Umbrellas, posted with vodpod

4 Responses to “Why Do We Say “Beach Umbrella” and not “Beach Parasol”?”

  1. Jefe January 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM #

    Now I have Rihanna’s “Umbrella” in my head … “ella ella ella – A”

    • plonde January 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM #

      sol, sol, sol, L

  2. mandi January 24, 2012 at 7:40 AM #

    These photos make me happy, especially on a foggy, snowy 37-degree day.


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