Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 24 18:13:58 UTC 2012

That horse might have left the barn, I'm afraid... likely pantless.

Can we ask someone under 50 to weigh in? I don't qualify, as a
non-native (on some things I do, but this would not be one of them),
but, FWIW, I have no problem with slacks, even though it's not something
I would volunteer in an expression.


On 10/24/2012 12:07 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> 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.
> --
> -Wilson

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