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Definition of a Backpack or Book-bag

Backpack terminology

The grammar geeks at Merriam-Webster describe a backpack as “a piece of equipment designed for use while being carried on the back.”

History is a little fuzzy on the date, but backpacks — originally called knapsacks — were used before the 1800s. The term backpack didn’t come into play until the early 1900s. The first backpack resembling those today was invented by Camille Poirier of Duluth in 1882, according to Recreational Equipment Inc. The design included straps and buckles to secure it to the back.

The backpack we all know and love has evolved from its original purpose to carry hunting and other supplies in the wilderness. Today, the all-purpose backpack is an essential item for school, travel and work.