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To think that women's knickers are not called pants?

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Anonimousy Thu 12-Feb-15 17:41:43

This really annoys me and I can't work out why.

ineedausername Thu 12-Feb-15 17:43:02

YABU. They are called pants smile

EveBoswell Thu 12-Feb-15 17:43:11

Are you American?

Micah Thu 12-Feb-15 17:43:17

Mine are pants, so yabu.

Why aren't they pants? It's a valid word to describe them?

Unless you're american, of course.

Toughasoldboots Thu 12-Feb-15 17:43:32

I can't say knickers because I don't like the word. It's like snacky or cuppa. I just can't say those words.

So it's pants for me.

dementedpixie Thu 12-Feb-15 17:43:35

yabu, I call them pants and have never called them knickers

leedy Thu 12-Feb-15 17:43:39

I've always used pants and knickers interchangeably (er, the words, not the garments). It's not as euphemistic sounding as the American "underwear" (god forbid you should specify which bit of under your clothes it's going on) and not as vile as [shudders] "panties", which sounds like you're in crap 70s porn.

StrumpersPlunkett Thu 12-Feb-15 17:43:59

mine are pants
my mums were pants as were my gran's

Housewife2010 Thu 12-Feb-15 17:44:00

I sometimes call them "pants" although I prefer "knickers". The other " p" word though is dreadful!

LineRunner Thu 12-Feb-15 17:44:00

If anyone says panties I will fucking scream.

dementedpixie Thu 12-Feb-15 17:44:09

so knickers to you wink

Anonimousy Thu 12-Feb-15 17:44:41

I'm not American! But I also hate panties grin

LineRunner Thu 12-Feb-15 17:44:50


Nervo Thu 12-Feb-15 17:44:54

I wear pants and I tell dd to put her pants on.

InfinitySeven Thu 12-Feb-15 17:45:21

Knickers are huge. Big Bridget Jones type underwear.

Pants are your everyday underwear.

Unless you are American, in which case pants are trousers, and knickers is a hilarious word.

Panties sounds like a porn term crossed with something a child would say, and makes me cringe. It should be wiped from vocabulary.

StrumpersPlunkett Thu 12-Feb-15 17:45:36

does remind me though of our nurse at our surgery and after a smear she always says "Pop your panties back on and I will see you in a mo" as she goes the other side of the curtain to protect my modesty WHEN SHE HAS JUST LOOKED IN MY FANGOLINA

Anonimousy Thu 12-Feb-15 17:45:56

Pants sounds wrong to me - I always think of pants as a man's for some reason.

Anonimousy Thu 12-Feb-15 17:46:57

Panties make me think of porn, yes.

Lampy Thu 12-Feb-15 17:47:04

Mine are pants. Knickers sounds wrong.

ErrolTheDragon Thu 12-Feb-15 17:47:38

Sorry, YABU.

'Panties' def no, obviously, but nowt wrong with 'pants'.

dementedpixie Thu 12-Feb-15 17:47:49

dh and ds wear boxers rather than pants

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Thu 12-Feb-15 17:48:04

No, infinity, pants are huge and knickers are small and sexy! Although when I think about knickerbockers, perhaps I'm wrong. But that's how I always think of it.

knackered69 Thu 12-Feb-15 17:48:04

My sister called them 'knick knicks' a few months ago and I had to restrain myself...

Oldsu Thu 12-Feb-15 17:48:05

Sorry its knickers for me although my DH calls mine ' knee length donkey droppers' for some reason

StayGoldPonyBoy Thu 12-Feb-15 17:48:33

I don't like the word 'pants', knickers sounds like a pretend word but. I do just say underwear as in 'I need to buy some new underwear' as I never need to specify if it's a bra or nothmm I never wear one without the other so I always put my 'underwear' on, in the wash, etc. If I ask DD to bring me her underwear she brings me her pants/knickers and a vest. Is that weird? I didn't think it was particularly American

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