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Or you use the word "trousers".
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kinross_19 wrote:
Or you use the word "trousers".

I think we're the only country who calls them "pants." To everyone else, pants are underwear.

Unfortunately, when I find some that actually fit me, I buy three or so pair. :/

Edit: Jeans, that is.
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amwiles wrote:
kinross_19 wrote:
Or you use the word "trousers".

I think we're the only country who calls them "pants." To everyone else, pants are underwear.

Correct.

amwiles wrote:
Unfortunately, when I find some that actually fit me, I buy three or so pair. :/

Edit: Jeans, that is.

Well I usually buy my pants (UK usage!) three at a time because they are sold in packs of three. whistle
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What are pants? After you retire, the only thing you need are shorts. Of course, it does get a bit chilly come November.
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I own 6 of the same pairs of pants. I only wear black, and I happen to like the particular style of pants, so getting different ones doesn't seem that important to me. My entire wardrobe consists of the same black pants, and the same Fruit of the Loom black pocketless t-shirts and two pairs of black shoes. I get questions on occasion as to whether or not I wear the same clothes everyday, but I don't like wearing colors, so I don't mind so much.
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amwiles wrote:
kinross_19 wrote:
Or you use the word "trousers".

I think we're the only country who calls them "pants." To everyone else, pants are underwear.


Not here. Pants == Trousers.
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amwiles wrote:
kinross_19 wrote:
Or you use the word "trousers".

I think we're the only country who calls them "pants." To everyone else, pants are underwear.



Like the duck dude said, we use pants, trousers, long pants. The denim ones are just jeans though.

Shorts can be short pants or short trousers, although generally just shorts.

Underwear is underwear, undies, jocks etc. (there's a whole lot of words for them some more gender specific).
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amwiles wrote:
kinross_19 wrote:
Or you use the word "trousers".

I think we're the only country who calls them "pants." To everyone else, pants are underwear.

Unfortunately, when I find some that actually fit me, I buy three or so pair. :/

Edit: Jeans, that is.
IN Australia people use both trousers and pants to mean the same thing .. we say underwear for what we wear under our trousers/pants.

I can't stand the way some people in Australia now use "pant" for the singular.
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Well I usually buy my pants (UK usage!) three at a time because they are sold in packs of three. whistle
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What are pants? After you retire, the only thing you need are shorts. Of course, it does get a bit chilly come November.


Shoot, when you get old you give up on pants and shirts all together and go with a couple pairs of "Dickies" overalls.
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Interesting reading. The second to last paragraph explains the plurality of "pants".

Q: From Corey and his mother; related questions came from Linda Rodgers, Peter C Mann, and others: Speaking of pants, as you were the other week, my 14-year-old asked me why, if you put on a pair of pants, you don’t also put on a pair of shirts? Can you illuminate the matter for us?

A: People do ask the most intriguing questions.

I’ve looked at the entry in the Oxford English Dictionary, which suggests that the form pair of pants was standard right from its earliest use. Indeed, words for nether garments all seem to have been commonly plural throughout their history, often prefixed by pair of ...: breeches, shorts, drawers, panties, tights, knickers (short for knickerbockers), and trousers.

Pants is short for pantaloons, also plural, which in their very earliest incarnations were nearer stage tights; their name comes from a Venetian character in Italian commedia dell’arte who was the butt of the clown’s jokes and who always appeared as a foolish old man wearing pantaloons. Commentators referred to them when they first appeared as being a combination of breeches and stockings. Later the word was applied to fashionable tight-fitting trousers.

Trousers came into the language in the seventeenth century from the Gaelic trowse, a singular word for a slightly different garment rather more like breeches; a later version of it was trews, taken to be a plural because of the final s. Breeches has been plural throughout its recorded history, a long one (it dates from at least the year 1200).

According to several costume historians who have helped me with this reply, the answer to all this conventional plurality is very simple. Before the days of modern tailoring, such garments, whether underwear or outerwear, were indeed made in two parts, one for each leg. The pieces were put on each leg separately and then wrapped and tied or belted at the waist (just like cowboys’ chaps). The plural usage persisted out of habit even after the garments had become physically one piece. However, a shirt was a single piece of cloth, so it was always singular.

It’s worth noting that the posher type of tailor, such as in London’s Savile Row, still often refers to a trouser and the singular pant and tight are not unknown in clothing store terminology in America — so the plural is not universal.
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I think you know you're old when you log into a thread called "You know you're getting old when..." and all you can do is talk about pants/trousers...

Today is my birthday and after the kids pointed out that my grey hairs are longer than the rest and stick out of my dark brown curly mop - I feel old!

Time for a nanna nap... snore
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I think you know you're old when you log into a thread called "You know you're getting old when..." and all you can do is talk about pants/trousers...

Today is my birthday and after the kids pointed out that my grey hairs are longer than the rest and stick out of my dark brown curly mop - I feel old!

Time for a nanna nap... snore


Hey, welcome to BGG. Happy birthday!

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shake I did that a few years ago. This week I bought my first pair of reading glasses. Now that's old. shake
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When you talk to people who are too young to remember the Soviet Union, and the prospect of nuclear war.

When you mention to someone how you remember the time before cell phones, and they look horrified at the very thought.

When you read the first thing on this thread and think, "but that's what I do!"

Oh and I nearly forgot. When you go into a Games Workshop store and realise that there are miniatures in your collection that are older than the staff.
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You know your getting old when your talking about TV shows and peopple didnt know that in the original Galactica Starbuck was a guy.
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Edit: Even worse. When you buy Civilization IV Colonization because you had the original and the boy at the counter didnt knew about it. His words: "I still didnt play computer games back then, was it still on CD I supose"
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