these underwear

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Tue Nov 15 17:27:03 UTC 2005

in an ad from (purveys of goods to lgb folk):
This is the sexiest way to wear your iPod - in your underwear! These
hot new underwear from Intimo Play are called the iBoxer. They come
equipped with a pocket that is designed to hold your iPod! Whether
you're a 30GB, 60GB, 1GB or a Nano, these underwear will hold your

(illustrated by cute young guy in nothing but an iBoxer, jamming to
his iPod.)

yes, "these underwear", indeed "these underwear... are".  a small
rash of asterisks appeared on my forehead.

then i recalled a nice  posting by mark liberman on Language Log:

   ML, 2/6/05: Syntactic and notional number:

in which cites of both "these underwear" and "this underpants" were
provided.  sigh.


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