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(as an item of clothing), what do you reckon you'd be referring to?
You mean it's widely accepted in the UK that people in the US use 'pants' to refer to refer to trousers? Is that what you mean? If so, I agree, it probably is widely accepted. Love the "Maybe people only refer to trousers as 'pants' because of television" by the way. Masterful irony.
So, if you prefer, "What do you reckon the context would dictate you would be referring to?"
It probably *is* kik.
useless bit of evidence to back up a point ever
to end up with the 7.
it's a commonly accepted term but between you and me calling trousers pants is the mark of the welk and we're better than that
The one chance you had of being right and you've just pissed all over it. Fuck.
Well I meant the "It's not even a North/South thing", but okay.
with some literally-couldn't-be-more-typical stubbornness, I don't think you have to worry anymore about whether you've succeeded or not.
arguing about things you don't really give a toss about.
By the by I don't think I've claimed anything. I'm just another nob who wants to chat breeze, hence why I'm here
granted I'm no more of a southern spokesman than your are the northern equivalent
its almost the midlands, I've never heard trousers refered to as pants in north yorkshire.
With the "ch" pronounced the same way as in "loch". Fact fans.
But then, I do live in the US.
But I understand that it's probs a northern thing, and trousers is probably technically correct. It just sounds a bit, y'know, posh.
*holds up webbed hand*
so, I'm super posh for a Northern bird.
Whats more, my mother says pants and I shout at her when she says it. I shout like she's just called my nan a cunt or something.
I can't help it though, I'll have none of those Americanism's around here, thank you very much.
Especially since she probably would have been about 5.
but then I did wonder why she always had so many pairs of tights. Hmm.
you really should, you're bad men.
And I don't want to imagine her involved in the act of fellatio. Has never happened, neither has sex; the stork delivered me.
But my better half is Australian...so much frivolity ensues when pants are mentioned
if I wasn't pissed!
nobody in scotland calls trousers pants unless they are a yank here on holiday
and manchester aint in the 'north' of the uk .... its barely even half way
I don't think underwear would even cross my mind. Panties I'd think of underwear obviously, but a man can't say panties without sounding like a sweaty perv with a comb-over
Pretty much every northerner I've met that has ever spoken to me about clothes (and it's admittedly a select group) has called their trousers pants.
it's just wrong guyyys. underwear = pants. UNDERWEAR
From north and I always call them trousers
I remember a friend of mine referring to them as pants ages ago whern I was 17 and I thought 'why is he referring to them as this'
Assumed 'pants' was used if you just want to add a bit of 'comedy'
But someone at work said about two weeks ago the term and I think I have the connection:
The two people in connection are very bright, uni educated and from working class background so maybe it's a subconscious way to say: look I'm from the north and I'm working class (one always used the term 'our kid' for brother which used to annoy me for some reason
I have never heard what you may call someone of the underclass persuisian use the term so I think it's a studenty term, for example 'fella' (which I don;t have qualms with)
But as someone said earlier in post, yeah if I hear it as pants it really annoys me, f___ knows why
I think I call knickers pants sometimes for a bit of variation and also trousers pants. But as I say this is like when someone asks you if you say boooook or buk and it puts you under pressure and you JUST DON'T KNOW and it's all very traumatic
Due to my liking to get on with people I'll interchange the meaning from trousers to undergarment, depending on the geography of the conversation.
But where I grew up pants were, and still are, trousers. Like when you're mum would scold you for getting grass stains after church from playing footie on the grass in 'your best pants'.
Incidently, America is a much younger country than the UK. It's more likely the notion of pants was passed on to the Yankees when we conqured the Americas. Or something.
so extremely unlikely. I'm tempted to say this is a Manchester thing, on the basis that all the people in this thread who've said they say it to mean trousers are from Manchester, but then I try to imagine Blanche saying it in Coronation Street and I realise it can't be.
a second 'insurance' layer of y-fronts?
but my parents do, because, you know, some days you just don't feel like a sandwich.
for those who love playing the part of poverty stricken student, its abit annoying, bread is so cheap anyway, and when you share a tiny freezer with 6 bread freezing chumps and you have no space for actual frozed food its quite frustrating, I never saw any of them defrost bread
unless prefixed with a word like work-
1. a. Originally (colloq.): pantaloons. Later: trousers of any kind (in early use applied to men's trousers, but in the 20th cent. extended to include those worn by both men and women).
Chiefly N. Amer. and S. Afr., *******except in the names of particular styles of trousers, as loon, hot pants, etc.*******
pants = undies
work pants = grown up version of school trousers or perhaps workies kegs if you're more working class and manual laboury
Pants mean boxers or trousers in America. They play fast and loose with our great tongue, they do.