[Ads-l] "trikini" as WOTY candidate

Nancy Friedman wordworking at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 19 14:01:27 UTC 2020

"The pubikini was only slightly more scandalous than the trikini, *introduced
in 1967*. As you might surmise, the 'tri-' signified 'three': the suit,
according to a report in the *Scottish Daily Mail*, was 'best described as
a handkerchief and two small saucers' that 'stick on with Velcro, the stuff
which fastens at a touch.' 'If the trikini is three pieces, the bikini two
and the monokini one' wrote
 *New York Times* language columnist William Safire in 1999, 'when will we
see the zerokini?'"

(Emphasis added)

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On Tue, May 19, 2020 at 6:53 AM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> and eventually least likely to succeed, but still...
> https://people.com/style/trikini-is-bikini-with-matching-face-mask/
> https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Style/designer-launches-trikini-beachwear-design-complete-matching-bikini/story
> The Xkini reanalysis itself is old hat, as it were, dating back to Rudi
> Gernreich's late, (un)lamented "monokini" from 1964,
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monokini.  But "trikini" is, I'm pretty
> sure,
> brand-new for the season.
> LH
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