Why do we call a pair of pants a pair and we call a bra a bra not a pair of bra's

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Found 2nd Aug 2009
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How can you make tea with tea bags but not schools with school bags :?

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grex9101;5916459

How can you make tea with tea bags but not schools with school bags :?



:lol:

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What we now call “pants” or “trousers” were originally known as “pantaloons,” after Pantalone, a stock character in 16th century Italian commedia dell’arte (theatrical comedy) usually portrayed as an old man wearing short, baggy pants. The Anglicized form “pantaloon” soon appeared in English meaning “a foolish old man” (as in Shakespeare’s “lean and slippered pantaloon” from As You Like It), but the term was also applied to the Pantalone style of trousers, eventually giving us the shortened form “pants.” But “pants” in the 16th century differed from today’s jeans in that each leg was a separate garment, donned in succession and then belted together at the waist. Thus it made sense to call these “two-piece britches” a “pair” of pants, and the usage stuck long after pants were unified. We speak of “a pair” of shorts or swimming trunks because of the precedent set by “pants.”
Source(s):
word-detective.com/200…12…

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fragaliciousbob;5916481

What we now call “pants” or “trousers” were originally known as “pantal … What we now call “pants” or “trousers” were originally known as “pantaloons,” after Pantalone, a stock character in 16th century Italian commedia dell’arte (theatrical comedy) usually portrayed as an old man wearing short, baggy pants. The Anglicized form “pantaloon” soon appeared in English meaning “a foolish old man” (as in Shakespeare’s “lean and slippered pantaloon” from As You Like It), but the term was also applied to the Pantalone style of trousers, eventually giving us the shortened form “pants.” But “pants” in the 16th century differed from today’s jeans in that each leg was a separate garment, donned in succession and then belted together at the waist. Thus it made sense to call these “two-piece britches” a “pair” of pants, and the usage stuck long after pants were unified. We speak of “a pair” of shorts or swimming trunks because of the precedent set by “pants.”Source(s):http://www.word-detective.com/2008/02/12…



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fragaliciousbob;5916481

What we now call “pants” or “trousers” were originally known as “pantal … What we now call “pants” or “trousers” were originally known as “pantaloons,” after Pantalone, a stock character in 16th century Italian commedia dell’arte (theatrical comedy) usually portrayed as an old man wearing short, baggy pants. The Anglicized form “pantaloon” soon appeared in English meaning “a foolish old man” (as in Shakespeare’s “lean and slippered pantaloon” from As You Like It), but the term was also applied to the Pantalone style of trousers, eventually giving us the shortened form “pants.” But “pants” in the 16th century differed from today’s jeans in that each leg was a separate garment, donned in succession and then belted together at the waist. Thus it made sense to call these “two-piece britches” a “pair” of pants, and the usage stuck long after pants were unified. We speak of “a pair” of shorts or swimming trunks because of the precedent set by “pants.”Source(s):http://www.word-detective.com/2008/02/12…



:thumbsup: i can sleep now:)

clondikemike;5916688

:thumbsup: i can sleep now:)



i think i am sleeping after reading that :lol:

and we call a bra a bra not a pair of bra's



Fun holsters?

Arther;5916875

Fun holsters?



Over the shoulder boulder holders! :-D

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coz bra is much more attractive than A pair of pants.

what do we call cocktail cock-tail and not a pussytail?

http://www.cointreau.com/fichiers/mediaLibrary/common/Image/cocktails/MozaiqueCocktails.jpg
one size fits all??

i mean ... tom tom tom.
http://www.beadesigngroup.com/blog/archives/cocktail.jpg
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