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David Myer
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Postby David Myer » Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:57 pm

I have a feeling this has been discussed before but I can find no record of it in the Search system here.

I know that in the UK and especially in the mens-wear business, trouser can be used in the singular to mean a pair of trousers. So what constitutes a trouser? Is it a pair because there are two legs? But isn't the bit round your loins also part of the pair?

So what is the difference between a pair of trousers and a trouser?

I do use the word trouser as a verb. "To trouser the bank note I found in the street" - as opposed to handing it in to authority. I suspect that is peculiarly English too.

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