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Bankrupt My Pants!
the_gwenzilliad wrote in metaquotes
tattercoats asks, "Can we have an acronym for, 'been away, not catching up on the flist, point me at it if there's anything you need me to see'?"

fleetfootmike acknowledges with:
Which reads disturbingly like 'bankrupt my pants'.

[Note: this discussion is being had by people who live in England, where 'pants' means what 'underwear' means in the USA.]

The whole conversation can be found here, although context isn't really necessary.

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Hmmmm... okay.

I like the acronym... ;)

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HM, weird, coz I'm Aussie, and well... ya know... who wear's the PANTS around here...?

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How on EARTH doesn't everyone know that anyway? Trousers dammit!

Uhoh. I think my Imperialist ancestors just spoke through me.

*Quakes in fear*.

Mister Thatcher, asked who wore the trousers at home, replied, "I wear the trousers at home, and I also wash and press them."

Re: Who wears the TROUSERS?


Re: Who wears the TROUSERS?

Unfortunately, his knickers are knackered.

Pantsu, pantsu, pantsu... [/Chobits]

Nah, pantsu is Japanese for underwear; guess they took a page from the British for that one.

(I was quoting a scene from an anime, where one of the characters goes out to buy clothes and she's chanting "pantsu" all the way.)

I was playing with words..... ;)

This is me being too dense to get the joke, then. -_-;

Warning! Warning! This is not a lingerie store!

um, could i 'borrow' your lj-icon to show to some friends? sittin' here lmao...

Reading really old metaquotes, are we?

With credit, you may.

Re: Reading really old metaquotes, are we?

I'm also reading old metaquotes (got linked by a friend explaining the term to me) but omg, yes, can I um... use your icon? w/ credit

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Yes indeed. And enjoy your trip through history.

::giggles:: That's like the ONLY scene I've seen of that.

And three years later I have an icon to match!

(That's the second time someone has dug up this post this year. Is there something about it that attracts the Net archeologists? The promise of panties, maybe? I am curious.)

A friend linked to it as her "out of town, not catching up." Since I hadn't seen it before, I didn't realize that it was that old a post.

And a friend of _mine_ just did the same, and I discover... my wife. Hee!

Could also be 'bankrupt my tenements,' which is admittedly a bit more dire-sounding.

'bankrupt my pants' reminds me suspiciously of a techno song in which a line was repeated that I've only ever been able to decipher into 'famous my butthole'

...that is all.

Lol. I heard someone once interpret a Mylo lyric as "In my arse, yeah, yeah, yeah" but I thing "bankrupt my pants" is just wonderful.

That must mean that people in England look at No Pants Day with a bit of trepidation, yes?

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Am I the only one who sees "Bank Cut Off My Pants"?

Now that you've said it, it looks more like "bank cut off my payments".

I think everyone should adopt this in LJ. Been away for a few days? No sweat! Hey, flist, bankrupt my pants, plzkthnx.

I want to bankrupt my pants, Lulz.

Ow, your icon made me snarf.

Actually, "pants" isn't that precise a term in the UK. The items of underwear are "underpants" for men and "knickers" for women (query: how to use the singular form? I'm sure I once read a novel in which a woman accused of being snooty and wearing Harrods knickers retorted, "And anyway, you wouldn't recognise a Marks & Sparks knicker if it bit you on the elbow!" Good old M&S knickers), and the item of outerwear which encases the legs, not just the loins, is called "trousers". I think "pants" is either thrown around vaguely, or used in expressions borrowed from elsewhere, such as a description of how crap your day has been. But the first association will be with underpants, not trousers.

I've never bothered to use the "under-" prefix when referring to my (under-)pants.

- A Brit. (Surreyite, born and bred!) =:o}

For the avoidance of doubt, "pants" in this country *never* refers to outerwear.

And which country would that be?

Never say never.

How about "hot pants"

...but those are barely more than underwear...

What an old quote!

My point was that it was a trivial exception to the assertion that the word is never used that way in the UK.

A more robust google of the words "Pants" under "Shopping" results in several other examples. You don't get more British than Debenhams, and they are currently selling "Fawn satin palazzo pants"; and they definitely ain't underwear.

Another example that comes to mind is "Capri Pants".

Edited at 2012-05-24 09:04 pm (UTC)

Ironically, it also looks like a Welsh word. For what, I don't know.

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