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I am reading an W. Trevor story - A Child's Play.
A wife is bursting into husband's office and found her husband is laying on parquet with his lover. The lover then scurried out. Below are what the couple's conversation afterwards.
‘She forgot her panties. She left her panties by the wastepaper basket when she scurried out.’ Wife said.
‘She’s on the street without her panties. Some man on the tube'
‘Look, don’t be bitter.’
What is meaning of the underlined words. I checked up Dictionary and found one meaning for the tube is television. Did she mean she wish that girl will be taken by some cameraman? Thanks!
I agree- my interpretation of the extract was that she was on the underground/subway without underwear, not television. (I have not read the story)
Isn't it odd to use "panties" and "tube" in the same passage? I would expect "knickers."
Last edited by bhaisahab; 29-Apr-2013 at 18:54.
I didn't know the Irish differed from BrE on this point.
Irish English is as different from 'British English' as 'American English' is.
I have to confess that most English people don't realise this. They (or 'we', I should say) tend to think of Irish English as our language spoken in a quaint way with a few odd turns of phrase thrown in. That is if we think of it ath all ath all.