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Why are pants called pants?

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posted on May, 22 2017 @ 03:32 PM
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They are called trousers, America started calling the Pants for some reason.




posted on May, 22 2017 @ 03:39 PM
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a reply to: NeoSpace

The question ' do these pants make my fanny look big?' would mean something entirely different over here.



posted on May, 22 2017 @ 03:40 PM
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and "shorts"



posted on May, 22 2017 @ 03:54 PM
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originally posted by: NeoSpace
They are called trousers, America started calling the Pants for some reason.


Fine but it still has the "s".

The question wasn't why do we call trousers pants. The question was and is why we speak of pants as a set / plural.

It is one thing.

Why do we say pant S ?

edit on 22-5-2017 by jafo1973 because: (no reason given)



posted on May, 22 2017 @ 04:45 PM
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a reply to: SlapMonkey

Oh, I don't know. I had an uncle that didn't wear underwear and his denim jeans that he always wore, as they aged, tended to show a particular wear spot. I never hear him complain.



posted on May, 22 2017 @ 06:55 PM
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originally posted by: Woodcarver

originally posted by: butcherguy

originally posted by: Woodcarver
Because pant is what a dog does and you wouldn't want that on your legs.


a reply to: jafo1973


Especially if it is a leaky-tongued dog. All that dog saliva slobbering out.
Now cat fur.... that would make a nice pair of pants... fur facing in, of course.
Of course, but won't you leave bloody smears all over the place? I guess with comfy pants like that, some sacrifices are in order.




posted on May, 22 2017 @ 08:28 PM
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In italian they are called pantoloni which is also plural.
a reply to: jafo1973



posted on May, 23 2017 @ 01:19 AM
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a reply to: PorteurDeMort


Pants are short for pantaloons I believe. Our British members may have more information.

Well done.


Origin of pants, pantaloons

Pants is a shortened form of ‘pantaloons’. Pantaloons (kind of tights, trousers) derives from the French pantalon from the name of Pantaleone, a hero of comedia dell'arte (16th century), who used to wear such trousers.

The name Pantaleon is Greek and means "always a lion, in all things like a lion" [Panta- (always, all things) + -leon (lion)]. Source



posted on May, 23 2017 @ 01:22 AM
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a reply to: gimcrackery


In italian they are called pantoloni

‘Belonging to Pantaleone’.



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 03:20 AM
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a reply to: jafo1973
I've thought of a related question whcih may help find an answer to this one;
Why do we say "heads or tails", when each coin has just the one head and the one obverse?
"That's just for starters?".
"Spoilers?"
There may be something euphonic about adding the "s".



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 04:32 AM
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Why do we say "heads or tails", when each coin has just the one head and the one obverse?

For the same reason you say ‘black or white?’ or ‘red or white’?

By the way, the side with the head is the obverse of the coin. The ‘tails’ side is called the reverse.

‘For starters’ is a (probably American) derivative of the British ‘for a start’, which was common in an earlier generation. Another derivation was ‘for a kickoff’, which the Beatles liked to use, but which never really caught on.

‘Spoilers’ are aerodynamic devices.



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 04:42 AM
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originally posted by: Astyanax
For the same reason you say ‘black or white?’ or ‘red or white’?

My observation was about the apparent plural of "heads or tails", which appears illogical when there is only one coin. The was relevant to the similar query being raised in the OP.
Similarly the apparent plural of"starters", for a single starting event, and the apparent plural of "spoilers", the colloquial term (which I learned on ATS) for the single act of giving away the plot of a story.
The reason why something which is singular appears to be labelled in the plural. That was the question in hand.




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