Tuesday, 24 July 2018
What is it about knickers?
Official definition/derivation: "The word drawers was invented because underwear for women was drawn on. However in Britain women's underwear were soon called knickerbockers too. In the late 19th century the word was shortened to knickers. In the USA knickers are called panties, which is obviously derived from the word pants (American for trousers)."
How boring is that? However, my most-read posts are the ones with knickers in the heading (closely followed, bewilderingly, by window cleaners). My most popular of all was "K is for Knickers" (written for the April A to Z challenge in the days when I had time-wasting down to a fine art).
"Pants" isn't nearly as amusing, and as for "panties", that's a word I personally can't stand (I've no idea why).
But why are knickers considered so funny/ fascinating/entertaining?