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    split skirts the secretaries

    Hi, during the following sentence, from Charlie Hogle’s Earring” by Paul Theroux, would you please explain the meaning of the red part? Thanks a lot.

    “And so are those split skirts the secretaries have started to wear. But I wouldn’t be very happy about your wearing a split skirt, Mr. Hogle.” He smiled.

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    Re: split skirts the secretaries

    A culotte.

    You can look up secretary.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: split skirts the secretaries

    If the structure of the phrase is puzzling you, tesoke, put 'that' after 'skirts'.

    Here's a split skirt:


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    Re: split skirts the secretaries

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I've never thought of culottes as split skirts, though I do notice a few (culottes) in the first link.

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    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=s...ed=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

    culottes

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=s...ch&q=cullottes

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    Re: split skirts the secretaries

    Neither have I- culottes are trousers to me.

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    Re: split skirts the secretaries

    I would not call a split skirt a culotte.

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