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RE: pants / trousers
by WereCatf on Thu 8th May 2008 12:11 UTC in reply to "pants / trousers"
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

Also worth bearing in mind: 'pants' means 'underwear' to Commonwealth English speakers (but is still plural). We exclusively use the word 'trousers' for the visible full-leg article of clothing.

That is a distinction I wasn't aware. I have always used 'pants' when I have been talking about 'trousers'. So, thank you for the note, I shall try to remember it ;) (I am still trying to hone my english language skills. There are so many subtle little things everywhere to remember ;) But, care to explain what does 'fanny' mean? ;)

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RE[2]: pants / trousers
by anevilyak on Thu 8th May 2008 12:57 in reply to "RE: pants / trousers"
anevilyak Member since:
2005-09-14

In the UK at least it's slang for vagina I believe.

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RE[2]: pants / trousers
by rft183 on Thu 8th May 2008 15:41 in reply to "RE: pants / trousers"
rft183 Member since:
2005-08-11

In the US, the word 'fanny' refers to the 'rear end'.

Oh, and I've always figured that pants was considered plural because it ends in 's'. I know that's not a very good rule, though, because there are plenty of exceptions (There's a good English rule!). I just haven't been able to think of a better reason!

Edited 2008-05-08 15:44 UTC

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RE[3]: pants / trousers
by David on Thu 8th May 2008 18:09 in reply to "RE[2]: pants / trousers"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

Not only does "fanny" mean "rear end" in the US, but it's considered a very innocuous, and even childish word. It's also antiquated, and not in wide use anymore, which should come as a relief to horrified Brits.

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