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Harpua3
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« on: February 02, 2005, 04:44:48 AM »

Why are a pair of boxers called a pair? It`s only one, isn`t it? A shirt has two arm holes,and it`s called "a" shirt. But boxers have two leg holes and it`s called a "pair"...WTF? :shock:  :?:  Me and my wife discuss stuff like this all the time, and we often get confused. Help us out! :wink:
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2005, 04:56:41 AM »

Perhaps each leg is called a boxer so if you get them together so you can wear them they are a pair of boxers biggrin
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2005, 06:05:52 AM »

There is a line below your belt buckle, below which all clothes are described in pairs.  Socks, Pants, unders, shoes... all pairs.

Ah-Ha Nightbreeze!  I got you now!  Pair of gloves!  on your hands!

Tut tut... hands swing below the belt buckle

Well.. uhmm Earmuffs and Glasses! Got you there Nightbreeze!

Not quite. Katy "Four eyes" McClinty of St. Paul, Minnessota  Swings below the belt buckle too  :twisted:
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2005, 07:05:28 PM »

It makes no sense, like many things about the english language.

Live with it.
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2005, 09:03:28 PM »

From Merriam-Webster Online

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Main Entry: pant
Function: noun
Etymology: short for pantaloons
1 : an outer garment covering each leg separately and usually extending from the waist to the ankle -- usually used in plural

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So one pant is a tube of clothing that goes down your leg and around a hip. Put 'em together and you get pants. Shorts are short pants. I think that about covers the singular garments with pluralized names.
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2005, 08:47:47 AM »

That took the fun right out of it! :wink:
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2005, 03:31:01 PM »

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Why are a pair of boxers called a pair? It`s only one, isn`t it? A shirt has two arm holes,and it`s called "a" shirt. But boxers have two leg holes and it`s called a "pair"...WTF?   Me and my wife discuss stuff like this all the time, and we often get confused. Help us out!


Sounds like you are living an episode of Seinfeld.
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2005, 09:11:32 PM »

LOL, my wife would agree with you. I do think a little to much in that direction :wink: . That made my day, thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2005, 10:14:58 PM »

Quote from: "Dafones"
From Merriam-Webster Online

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Main Entry: pant
Function: noun
Etymology: short for pantaloons
1 : an outer garment covering each leg separately and usually extending from the waist to the ankle -- usually used in plural

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So one pant is a tube of clothing that goes down your leg and around a hip. Put 'em together and you get pants. Shorts are short pants. I think that about covers the singular garments with pluralized names.

Read that more carefully.  It doesn't answer the question at all.  It just says "because it is".

"an outer garment covering each leg seperately" is merely describing it in terms that seperate it from a dress or skirt.   It's one garment that covers your legs.  Not two.
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2005, 10:38:02 PM »

AHH!!! You are right...I still don`t know the answer...The fun still lives!!! :wink:  Heh.


A shirt has two arm holes,and it`s called "a" shirt. But boxers have two leg holes and it`s called a "pair"...WTF?  

 That`s the part that is really hard to explain...
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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2005, 04:39:33 AM »

Ah yes .... I stand corrected and utterly humiliated.


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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2005, 09:18:24 AM »

But see...We still don`t know the answer do we? :wink:
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2005, 01:43:18 PM »

Aren't they actually called boxer briefs or boxer shorts?
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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2005, 02:59:19 PM »

Boxer shorts I believe. Boxer briefs are some future HI-tech hybrid combination of boxers and briefs. I think so anyways :wink: .
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« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2005, 03:21:01 PM »

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Ah yes .... I stand corrected and utterly humiliated.

I win!
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« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2005, 03:25:16 PM »

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...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.

But I don't buy it.
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