Semantic drift: "khaki"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 21 10:14:28 UTC 2007

You can say that again! My memory of the color "chino" goes back to
the 'Fifties. Back then, "chino" and "khaki" were, at worst, variants
of two of the colors available in a weave called "cotton twill."
Workmen wore blue, black, green, white, grey, etc. Students wore
chino/khaki. I eventually switched to Levi's. Whoever thought up the

No matter how you shake and dance,
The last few drops fall down your pants,

must have worn cotton twill.


On 9/19/07, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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> Subject:      Re: Semantic drift: "khaki"
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> At 9/19/2007 03:39 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> >FWIW, "Khaki" and "chino" are the same color to me.
> You haven't bought chinos in a while!  :-)  They come in all
> colors.  (Or do the messages in this chain prove that that is equally
> true of khakis?)
> Joel
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