The Etymology Of Pants
Slacks, trousers, or jeans are a piece of clothing that may have originally originated in Central Asia, representing a way to wear trousers with pants or slacks covering the lower legs. Slacks were first worn by servants and merchants and are now a common fashion accessory for men, women, and children from all walks of life. Although pants were traditionally reserved for men and were used to guard against trousers, they have evolved into much more colorful and fashionable clothes that can be worn by anyone, anywhere.
As the name indicates, a pair of British underpants is similar to American underpants, as it is just a pair of pants that have been cut higher to allow room for one’s trouser. The origin of British underpants can be traced back to 1796 when an English tailor, named Samuel Simon, developed what we know today as the British pant suit. This particular design was designed so that men could wear trousers while at the same time cover up their upper body. In fact, this design became so popular that, in the early part of the twentieth century, British soldiers in India would wear them in battle. However, it was not until World War II that these type of pants were worn again by British soldiers, and after the war, the style took off in Britain and quickly spread across the world.
An English translation of the word pants “jacks,” a name that comes from the fabric of the trousers themselves. The word “jacks” is related to the term “jack-o-lantern,” which is a carving of a lantern with a jack-o-lantern stuck to its side. So the name pants comes from “jack-o-lantern” and “underpants.” The etymology of the word pants includes words that derive from Latin origins, making it a very appropriate word to be linked to the holiday spirit. Pants thus become an appropriate replacement for the more flamboyant and embarrassing gaudy costumes of earlier days that tended to leave a lot to be desired when it came to women’s fashion.