[Ads-l] "trikini" as WOTY candidate

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 19 14:18:17 UTC 2020

OK, I withdraw the "brand-new" comment.  Nothing entirely new under the
summer sun, it appears--although we can still quibble over whether the new
trikini, by virtue of the matching mask of the same fabric, represents a
new sense of the technical term or merely a new use, depending on the
specificity of the original entry. If we go with "Any of various designs of
ladies’ swimsuit which consist of three main areas of fabric", the new
version is indeed just a new use of the original (although requiring a
rather different design than the one described in the OED's
parenthetical).  A remaining question is whether the monokini (item and
name) dates to 1964 (as in the wiki-entry) or 1967 (as above).


On Tue, May 19, 2020 at 10:08 AM Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu>

> > 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:
> https://arnoldzwicky.org/2011/05/24/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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