Why do we call what's in this picture a "pair" of underwear?

Why do we call what's in this picture a "pair" of underwear? Isn't a "pair" a set of two of something? I don't know what the alternative to "pair" would be, but isn't this a quirk in our language?

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What Girls Said 6

  • When thinking too deeply into things go wrong...

    Some times there just isn't an answer ':'

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  • Because it has two holes for each leg maybe? Just like how we call scissors "scissors". They lose their function without the other 'pair'.

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    • I think you're probably right. We speak of a "pair" of pants, which probably originated from the idea of a leg covering for each leg.

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    • @Asker A "pant" is the single sleeve that covers each leg, so a "pair of pants" is two of those sleeves. I think that's where saying a "pair" of underwear originated too.

    • @Brovak Yeah, they're pants too. Underpants. :p

  • Well when they're referring to women I could understand because they typically wear a bra and panty. But I'm not sure about men

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  • this is why your so awesome your random questions. .. haha your awesome

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  • What someone said about scissors. Also - English is just weird.

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  • good question.. i have no idea. it definitely is a quirk in our language.. one of the many

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What Guys Said 4

  • because it has 2 holes

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  • Maybe you can check it on google that's where I get all my advices from.

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    • and I don't know if those are the type of underwear that have a hole in the middle because in case of an emergency I don't have to lower my pants I can just take it out through between

  • its a pair because it has holes for both of ourlegs, so pair of legs you get a pair of underwear. /s

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  • most likely because it's two hoses with a middle part.
    and why would it matter, really?

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    • It doesn't matter a hill of beans. My mind just wonders about such things. Not all my musings are profound.

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