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Why are "pants" plural?

I know it's silly but it struck earlier. You put on a shirt and a pair of pants. It's one garment what makes it a pair?

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sopranomommy

Asked by sopranomommy at 2:46 PM on Jan. 30, 2011 in Just for Fun

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  • *struck me earlier
    sopranomommy

    Comment by sopranomommy (original poster) at 2:47 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • I guess because there are two pant legs on a pair of pants.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:51 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • Because there are two Pant legs, not one. Just like a pair of shoes.
    Musicmom80

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 2:54 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • I found this online.. I am same anonymous as above

    According to several costume historians who have helped me with this reply, the answer to all this conventional plurality is very simple. Before the days of modern tailoring, such garments, whether underwear or outerwear, were indeed made in two parts, one for each leg. The pieces were put on each leg separately and then wrapped and tied or belted at the waist (just like cowboys’ chaps). The plural usage persisted out of habit even after the garments had become physically one piece. However, a shirt was a single piece of cloth, so it was always singular
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:57 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • You have two legs.. One pant for each leg?
    JazzlikeMraz

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 3:08 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • They used to be literally two pieces that were tied together then untied as needed.
    SweetLuci

    Answer by SweetLuci at 6:46 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

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