Wow, this is a hot topic. I have learnt some new words from the comments on the last post - Bev, I am particularly impressed with the term "nasty" for a nappy. Maybe this is a more suitable and precise term for one that needs changing :).
Unfortunately I left out some very important words, and fully accept the remonstrations from my fellow Antipodeans. I will try to stick to clothing (and accessories, in a half hearted attempt to keep the list down.
These, dear overseas readers, are thongs. A thong is when only one item of footwear is present. Any resemblance to extremely uncomfortable underwear must be a co-incidence. ;) I admit that I steer away from this word when in international company, because conversation concerning the nether regions attracts smirks, even when you are actually talking about beach footwear and being entirely respectable and serious. Fortunately thongs are not serious clothing.
(I did take my own photo of the pair that lives at the back door for use on trips in the yard to feed the chooks, but decided that they were too disreputable for public viewing)
I had considered putting in the next item in my previous post, but left it out because I could not decide what to call them.
When I lived in South Australia, these were called bathers. When I entered Grade 2 in Victoria, I was ridiculed for this term, and told it was a "cozzie". When I moved to New South Wales, the term was swimmers, and in Queensland, they are called togs.
I mostly stick to the more formal "swimming costume", as I am a little confused. I checked with my children, and they tell me that "swimmers" and "togs" are both understood at school, and using either term would not gain attention, but that "cozzie" or "bathers" would attract strange looks and possibly questions.
Over your togs, you wear a rashie,, so that you will not be sunburnt.
I think the reason this is not a universally understood term is that only countries with high rates of skin cancer use these items of clothing, although I have heard this sort of clothing called a "sun protective top".
I did not sew anything this weekend. Can you tell?