Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 24 14:42:27 UTC 2012

I never say "slacks."


On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 12:07 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> FWIW, for a *very* long time, perhaps into my forties, men wore pants
> or trousers, but only chicks wore slacks or had the word in their
> active vocabularies, since only they ever had occasion to use the
> word. It's like my thinking fpr a similar period of time that (all)
> Americans "look _around_" and "break _aloose_," whereas only users of
> dialects of Britspeak 'look _round_' and 'break _loose_'.
> Youneverknow.
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