St Louis dialect

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Fri Sep 7 22:14:19 UTC 2001

>The act of pulling someone's shorts or pants down, a mainstay of junior high,
>gym class comedians, is called 'pantsing' in St Louis. Elsewhere in the state
>of MO and where I'm from in Nebraska this act is "depantsing".
>Is 'pantsing' used elsewhere in the country?

Yes, I've heard it rarely in MI (and IL, I think). I don't recall ever
hearing 'depants' although it seems natural and transparent.

[Compare: "He wormed his dog." = "He dewormed his dog."; "She loused his
hair." = "She deloused his hair."; "This meat has been boned." = "This meat
has been deboned."; etc.]

-- Doug Wilson

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