I noticed it when I was little and reading Nancy Drew - she was always putting stuff in her “pocketbook”, which confused me because I was picturing a little paperback novel with her lipstick, etc. stuffed between the pages.
Then I realized that “pocketbook” is another word for “purse”, but I’ve never heard it called that in Canada.
Do they call purses “pocketbooks” in any other country? How did it get that name?