Thursday, June 17, 2004

a pant?

i had the hgtv channel on today while cleaning house. well, mom had it on, but since i was around, i was forced to listen to it although i despise those type of shows: here's some really cool stuff that you COULD have... if you had disposable millions....

but that's beside the point. now i've forgotten the point.

oh yeah. a pant. all of those shows with designers and style gurus and such. when they do makeovers for people, and make them buy all these ugly clothes and then say "now you're Hip!". the designers say things like "we got you this trendy pant" or "and here's a striped trouser". obviously these people are designers because it's the only job where it's ok if you mangle the english language and forget the traditional rules of grammar.

i like to envision a person wearing "a pant". people who can wear a pant or a trouser are Vets who stepped on a land mine in 'Nam, or people who were born with only one leg. i know it's stupid that a single item of clothing is referred to as a pair, buttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt..........

it's tradition. you just don't wake up one day and decide, "the stuff growing out of my head is actually a lot of little things, so from now on i'll call it hairs instead of hair." nice hairscut. could you hand me that hairsbrush?

no. it doesn't work that way. language evolves, i know. i acknowledge that english, and every other language that is in use, changes. it changes every day, very slightly. but stuff like that doesn't change. they've been called pants ever since there WERE pants. some silly english tailor made them plural, and we're stuck with it. you cannot simply change hundreds of years of a word's history because you're a Hip and Trendy style expert with a tv show. so mleah.

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