Saturday, 22 March 2008

The Plurality of Pants

Pants, trousers, jeans, undies, boardies, trackies, shorts...

Not only are they plural but these lower body items of clothing have a masculine nature - not that chicks can't wear the pants ;)

I think of some weird things as I'm falling asleep, do you?

6 comments:

Dave Miers said...

why are pants et al plural?

they have two legs.

but a t-shirt or a business shirt or a jumper has two sleeves, yet we talk about them in the singular.

i'm bamboozled!

Nic said...

maybe plural, but not always masculine... hotpants, bike shorts, culots...

Mattt said...

So much scope for thought and study. I feel asleep to quickly methinks. This is Phd material!

SamR said...

In german, pants are singular 'a pant'. I always found that funny!

Guthers said...

I once heard it said that you wear plural things below the waist (pants, trousers, undies, shoes, socks, etc) and singular things above the waist (t-shirt, jumper, etc)
I doubt that works for everything but I think it's worth a run in this thesis of yours, Dr Toose.

Mattt said...

Thank you for you input Dr Sam. I agree with your hypothesis Dr Guthers but I yearn for the answer that plagues all good scientists.

Why?