I Would Join This Group But...

I have a vehement dislike for the word "panties."

AnimaliaAustralis AnimaliaAustralis
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13 Responses Feb 10, 2009

Why do you vehemently dislike the word, "panties"? just curious. Why would that stop you from joining the group?

Unfortunately unlike Australia the United States, as they are now called; did in 1776, give up paying taxes to Great Britain [now anachronistically "The United Kingdom"] and went there own way and as a consequence of two World Wars ended up driving not only the English Language but popular culture. Through media they have hiked the word panties on us which was derived from the concept of very short pants and of course pants was the American word for trousers. They have also attempted to wipe out the word Lingerie; a good and appropriated French word. with "intimate Apparel". There they go again intimate is acceptable but apparel, a throw away word when you aren't sure what is inclusive or exclusive.Yes panties is not a great word for something that both women and many men find so exotic and enthralling. The English word knickers is nice word for them but is full of school boy humor and anticipation. Underwear is not sufficiently specific enough for where they are worn. Even the Japanese did not like the work panties after they adopted Western style clothes their word Pantsu has a nice sound to it. Perhaps we should have a competition to invent a new more appropriate word. Most words we use are the word for styles such as brief, string, bikini etc. What ever one calls those articles of female genitalia coverings or wraps will remain exciting to discover, see, touch and to wear whether overtly or clandestinely.As the Brits say don't get your knickers in a twist, especially over a word that is infrequently used in the media.Behind closed doors you can simply refer them to as those unmentionable items of clothing that are seldom seen in public.Please bring back the mini skirt and the 60's music.

I don't get the word, "knickers". But, that's just the English vs. American usage of a word. There are countless instances of the Brits using different words for the same thing here. Windscreen vs. Windshield, Bonnet vs Hood and so forth.

Americans describe the pants (trousers) that baseball players where as knickers as do very old fashioned long golf pants. knickers is a shortening of the word knickerbockers. So you have panties from pants and Knickers from knickerbockers. The derivation of the words used on motor vehicles comes from the old stage coach. The Trunk was where Americans put travelling trunks and the British put their boot boxes. The bonnet is where bonnet boxes(hats) where storesd and the hood because it was a cover used at the front to protect from mud etc from the streets.
The world moved on from 1776 in different ways

Panties is my favorite word!

Yes, precisely why I love it!

Why not call them KNICKERS.

Why not call them panties? ha....Where on earth does the word, "knickers" come from anyway?

Americans describe the pants (trousers) that baseball players where as knickers as do very old fashioned long golf pants. knickers is a shortening of the word knickerbockers. So you have panties from pants and Knickers from knickerbockers. The derivation of the words used on motor vehicles comes from the old stage coach. The Trunk was where Americans put travelling trunks and the British put their boot boxes. The bonnet is where bonnet boxes(hats) where storesd and the hood because it was a cover used at the front to protect from mud etc from the streets.
The world moved on from 1776 in different ways

They are knickers all over the UK, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND and most Countries that were in the British Empire, Knickers or Bloomers.

You obviously did not read the comment just below here where I said the same thing. If Americans had not decide to call trousers pants there would be no word panties. Why they chose pants, which came from pantaloons, over trousers is a mystery, at least to me.

UK London girl, they are called knickers.................OK

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I don't care what people call them. Just like things you eat off of that are in the kitchen cabinet. Plates, salad plates, dinner plates, chargers, bowls, whatever. They are different but also the same in that they are what you put food on. Get over the language and enjoy the group. It isn't like somebody is calling it "******" or something else derogatory.

I agree with you ladygodiva. What difference does it make in the end?

The name or tag applied to anything is very important it conveys a message and an identity. There may well be nuances and of course there are subtleties in meaning especially how the British and Americans, Australians, South Africans, New Zealanders and Canadians, Asian Indians or other English speaking people deploy the language. You have chosen the handle sissychuck, not girlyboi, which clearly indicates you want to be identifies in a specific way.

So a name is very important whether a noun or a pronoun.

I love the word "panties". I love the words "lingerie" and "intimates", too, but those are more broad desc<x>riptions than "panties". Panties can be the first article of clothing that we put on after, for example, a shower. Also they may be the last article of clothing to be removed before showering. Sometimes they are skimpy and revealing, other times they can be more conservative, covering more. They come in hi-cuts, briefs, bikinis, g-strings and more. They are the most wonderful item of clothing a heterogeneous male is dreaming of removing from a beautiful girl he is about to kiss and taste down underneath those panties. They smell so wonderful weather she is still wearing them, or after you have slipped them off her. They are the soft, sensual, colorful, lacy, feminine article of clothing worn around her waist which covers her most wonderful feminine parts, and usually, except in the case of the g-string, etc, the buttocks. Panties have a purpose in keeping us protected, and they protect our next la<x>yer of clothing worn over them. They are designed and made to fit the female anatomy. I love women, and I love their underwear because of all the wonderful styles, fabrics, and colors. I love the in-touch feeling I get when wearing nice, properly-sized, colorful, nylon panties, and that is why I wear them almost 24/7. Wherever you are, call them how you wish, but do wear them and enjoy them.

I vote for the term LINGERIE.

I noticed nobody called them briefs which works both sides of the "Pond", and has no specifc gender.<br />
I tend to agree that the word panties does not quite have the right ring to it and neither does knickers which makes one wont to snigger like a child.

I agree with rthalos on the principle of "lingerie" sounding sensual and personifying it. I like lingerie :D<br />
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However, to me, lingerie is more for your fancy, lacy, silky, skimpy and titillating under-attire. What do you call the more shall we say....formidable tightie whities and granny pants? To me and please don't get tetchy at me for this, they do not inspire sexy thoughts.<br />
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Underwear to me is like the Animal and "Lingerie" is a particular breed of the animal....excuse my convaluted response it is late here in Ozland lol

I like this story and the banter...it's funny and made me laugh. My $0.02, I prefer lingerie. Because to me, it's all sexy and sensual (well, mostly). To me, the word lingerie kind of personifies that. But it's all good!

I disagree with you. Undie pirate sounds awesome to me LOL but then again I'm really, really Aussie.

how about crocadile dundee pants?

I always preferred to call them undies too, because that covers everything.<br />
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And yes, thong is a bit of a strange word to call a g-string. Thongs used to be what you wore on your feet during the hot summer.<br />
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Now they're called "flip flops" and thongs are skimpy underwear. Go figure.<br />
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Can't change my name - Undie Pirate just doesn't sound as good as Panty Pirate.

Well call it what is is. Collectively it's lingerie or underwear or "intimate apparel."<br />
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Or as we do in Australia; call them undies (unisex) or jocks (male).<br />
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And they're not "thongs", they're g-strings, or v-strings!<br />
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(You'd look pretty stupid with a thin rubber sandal hanging off you!)