Bumbershoot was coined in the late 1800’s in America and is another word for umbrella.
Bumbershoot seems to me to be the perfect word to describe the walking stick style with a curved and ornate handle. I’m sure that a bumbershoot is generally held over your perfectly coiffed head as you are ushered into your waiting Rolls. The word umbrella brings to mind the standard black collapsible model seen by the hundreds at train stations during peak hour. You use a bumbershoot while watching the polo.
A button in the handle of a bumbershoot is pressed and a cleverly concealed blade slides out to aid you in the discreet despatching of your enemies. The thing you have that turns inside out at the slightest zephyr is an umbrella.
Gamp is also a word for umbrella but that seems to me to be a word best describing the type you find after it has been turned inside out by an unexpected wind, ripped from your grasp, then run over by a passing car.
I would like a bumbershoot but I think that no matter what style of rain shade I have it will always be an umbrella. I think that the ability to refer to your umbrella as a bumbershoot only kicks in at a certain income level.