Semantic drift: "khaki"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Sep 17 13:27:01 UTC 2007

At 9/16/2007 11:56 PM, Amy West wrote:
>I have heard khakis refer to the style of pants also known as chinos:
>for example, at one point at the museum job we were told to wear
>khakis and a golf shirt as a uniform.

This was my usage of khaki also, until at some point I learned
something.  Perhaps it was that clothing store personnel didn't
understand me when I asked for khaki pants.


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