A word I hardly think of anymore until I came across it in John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.
First, it’s an apple, but I don’t know anything about apples. I can identify a granny smith (who can’t?), and maybe a red delicious (it’s red, right?), but a mackintosh? Here‘s a google image. I guess this is what I imagined they look like.
Does anyone thing of the Apple computer as a Mackintosh any more? I remember I did when they were still little white boxes. We still called them Mackintoshs back then. Now, even with the iconic Apple glowing at me from my laptop, I still had to force myself to remember that Mac is an abbreviation.
For the Brits, though, a Mackintosh is something completely different. It’s a long rubberized raincoat. It gets its name from Charles Macintosh, the Scot who patented it. I’m still not sure if it is just a British name for any raincoat or a particular kind. Life magazine suggests it’s just any old raincoat. Here’s a photo.