Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

2 Bumps

Silly Question

My five-year-old wants to know--if pants that only go to the knees or above are called shorts, then why aren't pants that go down to the ankles called longs?

 
Ballad

Asked by Ballad at 12:16 PM on Jun. 28, 2013 in Just for Fun

Level 45 (193,996 Credits)
This question is closed.
Answers (10)
  • I found this on Wikipedia. Has she heard of Culottes! Her question reminded me of these. i wore them when I was little in the '70's. Although very different from the real original culottes. LOL!

    Culottes is a word that originated in the French language. Historically, "culottes" referred to the knee-breeches commonly worn by gentlemen of the European upper-classes from the late Middle Ages or Renaissance through the early nineteenth century. This style of tight trousers ending just below the knee was first popularized in France during the reign of Henry III (1574–1589).[1] Culottes were normally closed and fastened about the leg, to the knee, by either buttons, a strap and buckle, or by a draw-string.
    ILovemyPaulie

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 12:54 PM on Jun. 28, 2013

  • I think that they are sometimes referred to as "long pants". Or at least used to be.
    3libras

    Answer by 3libras at 12:21 PM on Jun. 28, 2013

  • lol thats too funny kids say the funniest things.
    Sillylins

    Answer by Sillylins at 12:37 PM on Jun. 28, 2013

  • They actually used to be.

    Boys (who were the only ones who wore pants) wore 'short pants' until they were men, when they graduated to 'long pants.' Interestingly, the phrases got cut off two different ways. Short pants got shortened to shorts and long pants got shortened to pants.
    LindaClement

    Answer by LindaClement at 1:58 PM on Jun. 28, 2013

  • Very observant & adorable of her! :) When she's older, show her the footage of George Carlin's take on our English language. Hilarious! (but not age appropriate) :)

    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 1:04 PM on Jun. 28, 2013

  • Seriously?? Sorry, I come on here to get away from children's questions... sigh...
    Answer by Crafty26 2 minutes ago

    ^^^^ I so hope that's sarcasm- geez
    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 1:05 PM on Jun. 28, 2013

  • Well I do not know but it might be because men wore pants. But children, boys and girls wore shift or dresslike garments until they were considered young men. It was a big deal when a boy "graduated from being a baby into wearing short pants. He wore those until he actually became an adult. Girls and women dod not wear pants at all until fairly recently in our history. It was simply "not done, donchaknow?" LOL
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 1:38 PM on Jun. 28, 2013

  • lol, that's cute!
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 2:21 PM on Jun. 28, 2013

  • Seriously?? Sorry, I come on here to get away from children's questions... sigh...
    Crafty26

    Answer by Crafty26 at 1:01 PM on Jun. 28, 2013

  • Seriously?? Sorry, I come on here to get away from children's questions... sigh...
    Answer by Crafty26 2 minutes ago

    ^^^^ I so hope that's sarcasm- geez

    It's just Crafty being Crafty. *Sigh.*
    Ballad

    Comment by Ballad (original poster) at 1:57 PM on Jun. 28, 2013

close Join now to connect to
other members!
Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN