[Ads-l] "trikini" as WOTY candidate

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue May 19 14:08:44 UTC 2020

> On May 19, 2020, at 6:53 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
> 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.

on my blog:

5/24/11: The marmaxi:

[on monokini, and then:] from OED2 under trikini n.:
Any of various designs of ladies’ swimsuit which consist of three main areas of fabric (as pants and a separate covering for each breast). [cites from 1967, when Rudi Gernreich created the garment and coined the name, on]
Other innovations in -kini (see the Wikipedia page on bikini variants): microkini (super small), tankini (with tank top), pubikini (exposing pubic hair), veilkini (for modesty). The element -kini ‘(women’s) bathing suit’ seems to be on its way to becoming a libfix (and -tini ‘kind of martini’ might be as well).

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