I recently came across a form (in English) which had blanks for “Name”, “Address”, “Phone Number”, and, among other things, “Switcher Size”.
No doubt, you are as confused by this as I was. After all, according to Wikipedia, a switcher “is a small [emphasis mine] railroad locomotive intended… for assembling trains ready for a road locomotive to take over, disassembling a train that has been brought in, and generally moving railroad cars around…”
As you can see, this definition seems to suggest that switchers only come in “onesize” (Mah?! Zeh gam milah b’Anglit?!). I mean, wouldn’t “Locomotive Size” have been a better choice of words?
Clearly, something didn’t add up.
However, a single phone call, and the mystery was solved.
Switcher turned out to be a mistranslation of s’vetcher*, which – in turn - is how Israelis refer to a sweatshirt…
* Yes, I know that it really should be סווטשרט, but my kids assure me that no one pronounces the final “tet”.