August 10, 2011

Why Do We Say That?

I get why we say pair of shoes. Riddle me why the hell do we say pair of pants? Pair of swim trunks? 

Am I the only one to ask? The Skinny Bitch and I discussed this - during our camping trip which is a blog post all it's own - and we came up empty. Well, I think we would have come to some brilliant conclusion were it not for four small people and two grown ass men who shall remain nameless demanding food, drink, and supervision. *eyeroll*

So, my legions of fans (and by legions I mean all six of you), enlighten me. Am I over-thinking this? Why are we saying pair for an article of clothing of which there is but one. Unless you point to the fact that there are two legs in pants and shorts therefore deeming them worthy of being a pair. Hmmm, that kind of makes sense...

3 comments:

Texan Zombie Goddess said...

Things that make you go "hmmm" way to early in the morning lol. Actually, the two leg thing makes sense, but what about shirts? They have two arm holes. Why don't we all it a "pair of shirts"? Or a bra a "pair of bra"? Last time I looked, and I don't have to look hard, there were two creatures in that thing. Pair of pants, pair of socks, pair of underwear. That is going to bug me now. We all know the jock strap is safe. Just three useless things go in there...

Kritta22 said...

I googled this to supply you with an awesome answer but the best the Internet says is.... English is stupid. And pair used to mean a set of more than two like or equal things making a whole.
And that's all I got.

You.are.welcome.

Ordie O. said...

Why do people in Arkansas refer to their license as "they" or "them" as in, "If you get a DWI and lose your license, you may never get them back". People in the south think if a word ends with an "s" sound or has one anywhere near the end of the word, it's a plural. But we've been through this before, right? And about the pants, there are clearly two distinct pants, each could then be referred to as a "pant" leg, right? Silly girls in a campground.