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    panty vs underpants

    In Korea, we have a lot of adopted words from English, and one of them is "팬티" meaning underpants. But we never say "underpants", but "panty" that refers to a short basic underwear for your lower-body. I found the dictionary definition for "panty" that says it's only for kids and women.
    So which is more common between "panty" and "underpants"?

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    Re: panty vs underpants

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    In Korea, we have a lot of adopted words from English, and one of them is "팬티" meaning underpants. But we never say "underpants", but "panty" that refers to a short basic underwear for your lower-body. I found the dictionary definition for "panty" that says it's only for kids and women.
    So which is more common between "panty" and "underpants"?
    men - underpants
    women - panties
    I used these terms as a doctor for 25 years, and never had problems with my choice.

    Do you really use 'panty' in the singular?

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    Re: panty vs underpants

    In Korea, we always say the singular form "panty", never "panties". Now I realize they adopted it wrongly.
    So "underpants" or "panties" is determined by gender. Thanks a million!!!

    Extra quetion, Do you also call "shorts" in America "short pants" or "knee pants" as Brits do?
    ex)note, keannu: 'shorts', in Br Eng, are called either 'short pants' or 'knee pants' in Am. Eng (
    Last edited by keannu; 27-Jun-2012 at 04:33.

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    Re: panty vs underpants

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    In Korea, we always say the singular form "panty", never "panties". Now I realize they adopted it wrongly.
    So "underpants" or "panties" is determined by gender. Thanks a million!!!
    Well, they are the terms as I use them, in AusE; they are common. It's not the only way. I'm pretty sure we've had quite a few underpants threads that you should search for for more opinions - eg. briefs, knickers, jocks, jockettes.

    Extra quetion, Do you also call "shorts" in America "short pants" or "knee pants" as Brits do?
    'Shorts' as in underpants are not called "short pants". Short pants are an outer wear.

    ex)note, keannu: 'shorts', in Br Eng, are called either 'short pants' or 'knee pants' in Am. Eng (
    I'll let an American explain "shorts" as underwear. I never use the term that way.

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    Re: panty vs underpants

    Many people in Britain use 'pants' for the underwear of both sexes, though many other words are also used. We don't often speak of 'panties' for the women's version.

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    Re: panty vs underpants

    Here's a similar thread which reveals all (or nearly all).

    Rover

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