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    smelly

    1. The pants stinks.

    2. The pants are smelling bad.

    3. The pants are smelly.


    Are the above meaning thesame and which are colloquial?


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    Re: smelly

    1. The pants stink. (Not stinks.)

    2. The pants smell bad.

    3. The pants are smelly. OK
    They mean the same and are all colloquial.

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    Re: smelly

    Remember the difference in meaning of "pants" between BrE and AmE.

    In BrE, your pants are your underwear (knickers for females and Y-fronts/boxer shorts etc for men)

    In AmE, pants are a pair of trousers (pair of trousers being the BrE version).

    To confuse the issue, "pants" attracts the plural, but a "pair of trousers" takes the singular.

    Those pants are smelly.
    That pair of trousers is smelly.

    However (!), in BrE, we sometimes don't bother with "pair of" and just call them trousers. In that case, they're plural:

    Those trousers are smelly.

    Don't you just love English?!

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    Re: smelly

    By the way, I heard (yes I know, it couldn't get more vague, but I truly can't recall the source) that the word 'trousers' is falling out of use in BrE or perhaps becoming less popular? Is it true? Do you go for 'pants' more often to mean 'trousers'?

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    Re: smelly

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    By the way, I heard (yes I know, it couldn't get more vague, but I truly can't recall the source) that the word 'trousers' is falling out of use in BrE or perhaps becoming less popular? Is it true? Do you go for 'pants' more often to mean 'trousers'?
    I can't speak for anyone under the age of 40, but I have never used "pants" instead of "trousers", nor do I intend to. I have not heard anyone else do so in BrE. The only example I can think of is when referring to a specific type of clothing - "pirata pants" as worn by Rafael Nadal when playing tennis. They wouldn't be described as "pirata trousers" even in BrE.

    However, given that a lot of young people are starting to adopt a lot of American terms for all sorts of things, it wouldn't surprise me if "pants" might be used more often.

    Young people today, eh?! Wow, I'm showing my age.

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    Re: smelly

    And, how about pongy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    And, how about pongy?
    Yes, colloquially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I can't speak for anyone under the age of 40, but I have never used "pants" instead of "trousers", nor do I intend to. [...] Young people today, eh?! Wow, I'm showing my age.
    That's my way of tricking people into telling their age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    And, how about pongy?
    And whiffy.
    And funky. (AmE I believe)

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    Re: smelly

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    By the way, I heard (yes I know, it couldn't get more vague, but I truly can't recall the source) that the word 'trousers' is falling out of use in BrE or perhaps becoming less popular? Is it true? Do you go for 'pants' more often to mean 'trousers'?

    I might be showing my age to, but I haven't heard pants being used this way. It was used a slang term for rubbish/no good, but not trousers IMO.

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