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Bra. It is no more a word than is "pram" or "bike".

In what way aren't they words?
Unfortunately we live in a world where the language is constantlychanging.

Why is it unfortunate?
Adrian
Did I get your interest up with that subject line?

Well, it did remind me of the sign I see regularly when driving to my bank:

BRAS & MATTOS
MONUMENTS
I have yet to figure out what mattos are.

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When did pantyhose become widespread?

I don't think it was until a few years after they were introduced, because that's when someone got the bright idea to fit out the crotch

ObAUE: outfit
with a vent in response to consumer complaints that the pantyhose were too hot and too troublesome to pull down for a quickie.

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Thus spake Bob Cunningham: Slow down, Skippy, you missed the colon, which means that the "here" refers to what comes afterwards, which you snipped.

If that was what Bob was referring to? Goodness knows there could have been more than one problem. I try ... material that is below. But I doubt that everyone does the same, besides the fact that I'm not always consistent.

I did indeed misinterpret "here". I took "No dictionary named here, but still impressive:" to mean "No dictionary named in the above, but the following is still impressive:".

Thank you, Donna, for being so gentle with me.
I don't know about the plural of "pantyhose" is, but talk of pantyhose always brings to mind a question that was asked innocently in another forum several years ago: When did pantyhose become widespread?

That was during the War, when they were made of
rayon. It was that, or woolens which itch.

This e-mail is a spam trap. Send to "moliver" at the obvious domain name for my organization (the whole school, not just the department).
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Pantyhose is an American English word - in England we say tights. One pair of tights, two pairs of tights, a shelf full of tights.

Pantyhose and tights aren't the same thing in my world. Pantyhose, a.k.a. nylons, are sheer, come in colors such as "nude," and are worn by unfortunate women who work in offices. Tights are thicker often cotton or wool and keep one's legs warm when one is wearing a skirt.

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The bra does not come in a pair. One bra, ... singular. But in any case, we tend to say knickers.

What's with the shelves? Were you trying to avoid the possible confusion arising from drawers?

I'm not sure. I was typing quickly as I had to leave for a day in Staines. Perhaps I was imagining M&S.

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Pantyhose is an American English word - in England we say tights. One pair of tights, two pairs of tights, a shelf full of tights.

Pantyhose and tights aren't the same thing in my world. Pantyhose, a.k.a. nylons, are sheer, come in colors such as ... Tights are thicker often cotton or wool and keep one's legs warm when one is wearing a skirt.

Indeed, that is a pondian difference. In the UK, nylons are stockings - there is one separate item per leg. The qualifying characteristic for tights is that they have legs and a part to cover the bottom. But they range from the sheerest rayon (never nylon, I think) to thick wooly items worn by four year old girls.

David
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