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Sunday, February 8, 2009

when Google just isn't an option...

It was inevitable...

My daughter sat in the car one morning this past week as I was driving her to school and asked me the mother of all questions.

It took some fancy hemming and hawing and finally I broke down and said I just didn't know...

"Mom, why do they call it a pair of panties?"

You know, I'm kind of scared to Google that... for reals.

25 comments:

Desert Songbird said...

Um, because we have a pair of glutes maybe? Imagine oneself with half an ass.

Anndi said...

Songbird, you're on to something... hence the half-assed plans? *giggle*

Akelamalu said...

I've never thought about it before but I guess it's because it has two leg holes? She's smart asking a question like that!

Anndi said...

Akelamalu, I answered the very same thing... and then she reminded me that shirts have those too. She totally deflated me ;)

coco said...

I believe the correct term is "panty" (i.e. pantyhose), but as most of us possess more than one, it's been changed over time (kinda like that kid's game where you sit in a circle and whisper a message from person to person, and it gets changed as it passed around) *nods earnestly* Uh huh, I'm BSing my way through this.

Anndi said...

Coco, it's the single mom's survival mechanism when faced with a smartpants kid, eh?

Charles Gramlich said...

I love that cat pic. That's going to be my new theme saying of the day.

coopernicus said...

That's an easy one...the tougher ones are coming...just wait. Of course you could always be like me and weasel your way out of it...
Son: "Dad, what's a sperm?"
Weasel-Dad: "A whale...."

Irish Gumbo said...

But...wait, hold up...dammit, now I'm wrecked for the day, until I figure this out! I had so much to do today...

Brian o vretanos said...

Well, according to my dictionary, it comes from "pantaloons". This comes via French and Italian from the Venetian Saint Pantaleone.

I can't find this saint on google, though "pantaleone" sounds like All Lions, or something, in Greek...

I've no idea what any of this has to do with underwear. In Britain "St Michael" is the patron saint of such clothing, being the brand label of "Marks and Spencers", a famous retail chain.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

::cracking up at the cat::

Turnbaby said...

Don't know why 'pair' --I know they are 'pants' in England

Do know I am ever so glad for having puppies *giggle*

JohnH985 said...

Ok, I had to googel it. The answer appears here http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=ffds1&p=why+is+it+called+a+pair+of+panties.

It seems that at first pants were worn one leg apiece and only later did they get sewn together to form a pair of pants.

Karen said...

She is clearly too smart for me. I wold never even think of that question.

DeeMarie said...

Ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kate said...

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

I love your humor!

p.s. They call them panties to make little girls ask questions.
At least that's what my mom would've said. ha ha ha!

Blarney said...

Because 'Bloomers' is so yesterday!

~Virginia~ said...

because it has 2 leg-holes? :) anything you came up with was probably far better than anything i'd say (which for the record, would probably be something along the lines of "because i said so!") :)

Meribah said...

"what has been seen...cannot be un-seen." True dat! :D

Bond said...

OK, so what was your response? I know she did not let you off with "I am not sure"

TopChamp said...

they're only pants for boys... it's knickers for us. Both are pairs.

Dianne said...

I love her! Wait til she brings that up in her capacity as head of the UN - that'll shut them all up

I think it's wonderful that you said you didn't know - so many parents either make some crap up or just say "because"

you have credibility

love the cat

Anndi said...

Charles, I've been saying to myself for quite some time LOL

Coop, you? weasel out??? NO!

IG, so did you figure it out?

Brian, very efficient at dancing around a subject you are LOL

Gary, figured you'd appreciate that.

Turnbaby, you don't think pugs can achieve that look? HA!

John, you saved the day! THANKS!! SMOOCH! Although, when I explained that answer she replied with "ewwwwwwww! they had a slit in there underwear?". You should have seen her face when I told her a long time ago women didn't even wear underwear.

Karen, she thinks up the strangest stuff... LOL

Dee, exactly!

Kate, why thanks! I can't come up with stuff like your mom would LOL

Blarney, I like bloomers.. *wink* old-fashioned sounds good to me where my little girl is concerned LOL

Virginia, there's much to be said for "because I said so".

Meri, puppies know.

Bond, I said I told her I didn't know. Of course John came by and saved the day.

TC, knickers... hehehe that word makes me giggle!

Mama Dianne, she has a lot of stuff that'll shut them up LOL

I don't bullshit my daughter, she knows how to fact check (and not using wikipedia LOL)

Thanks... I always think "what would mam say?" *wink* and I have two examples to pick from.

SMOOCH

Dana said...

I didn't Google...I went to that always reliable source of information on Wikipedia but it didn't tell me why they are called panties!

Katman said...

that made me laugh so much! any more funny sayings? hey we should get a full blog dedicated to our kids questions like that.