If I wear a pair of pants on each leg...
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Posted 5/16/16
Aren't I still just wearing a pair of pants?
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Deep thoughts. c:
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Posted 5/16/16
u trying to be mickey mouse/sora w/ dem baggy pants?
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Hmm, now I am wondering why one pair of jeans is referred to as a pair? Maybe because it has two legs? No, that can't be right. If you wear a pair of jeans on each leg and one gets a tear then you would still have a spare so you're definitely wearing a pair. One pair is not a pair unless it's a pear but even then it's not a pair and ahhh... my head hurts now. I am now starting to rethink the whole reality of my existence. Maybe nothing is real. There is no jeans!
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Posted 5/16/16
Why, yes. Yes that is still only a "pair" of pants...


The "pair of ..." designation is somewhat arbitrarily applied. At one time it was common to speak of a pair of compasses (for drawing), a pair of nutcrackers, or a pair of bellows.....Further confusing matters is "a dozen pairs of rosaries," even though there are 50-some beads. This harks back to an old use of the word "pair" to mean "a set of more than two like or equal things making a whole."


http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/502/why-do-we-say-a-pair-of-pants-when-theres-only-one-of-them
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Posted 5/16/16
but why would you do it in the first place??
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Posted 5/16/16
Oh I remember, it's because we have a pair of legs.
Actually I'm a mermaid so all I need is one pant.
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Posted 5/20/16
sounds complicating tho
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