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Quoting "Pascal A. Kramm" <[log in to unmask]>:

> On Tue, 9 Nov 2004 08:11:42 +1100, Tristan Mc Leay
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> >Ray Brown wrote:
> >
> >> So British _vest_ is the American _undershirt_? Sort of logical, I
> >> guess -
> >> except that over here there are some guys who, when the weathers warmer,
> >> don't wear the vest/undershirt under anything  :)
> >
> >I think I finally understand! (I've always heard people say that one
> >groups 'vest' is another's 'waistcoat', but had no idea what either
> >group meant by either term.) Australians call these devices _singlets_
> >unless I'm mistaken ('singlet' is appropriate for most sleeveless tops).
> >And I think we use the American meaning for _vest_.
>
> In German we have the word "Weste", which only refers to some sort of
> sleeveless jackets always worn on top of other top garments, no more.

That would be about the same as a Swedish _väst_. A sleeveless t-shirt-like
garment would be a _topp_ or a _linne_.

                                            Andreas