As chuffed as I am to be going to England for a semester, I’m still a little worried about the language barrier.
For a long time, I thought that the English word trouser was just a way of saying dress pants. Like how you might say slacks.
Something like this:
However, at a pre-departure information session, UNC’s study abroad coordinator explained that pants and trousers were not interchangeable in England.
A pair of trousers is actually what you would call all types of pants. Because pants mean… underwear.
Which means sweatpants…is not a term that you should use unless you want to conjure up a very unpleasant image.
Instead, if you insist upon wearing sweatpants, they’re just called tracksuit bottoms or “trackies.”
Which puts me in the mind of this:
It’s going to be a hard adjustment going from campus where I can wear yoga pants every day without judgment to living in the fashionable metropolis of London.
I guess I’ll have to change up my wardrobe AND vocabulary.