If you live in the same general climate as I do, I have news for you – it’s hot outside. And it has been hot now for several weeks. But I do have some other news for you too, and it’s relatively good – you can now get air conditioned clothing.
Well, to be honest, it is not exactly air conditioned. But the big fans attached to the clothing will leave you air cooled, and no doubt would feel pretty good on a hot day. That is, if you can describe hot air being blown across your, um, body as “good”. Well, it does beat the alternative of merely baking in the heat. And the sound of the fans is sure to attract attention from others. Sure, they may scoff, but you will remain cool and collected, possibly lured to gentle sleep by the white noise.
The shirt and pants are available separately, and are available in a variety of sizes. But be prepared to spend a chunk of change on the matching outfit – the pants are $208, and the shirt is $182 as of this writing. There is no word on how long the cooling will last, but I would suggest on stocking upon AA batteries…
Pants, By Any Other Name
In the United Kingdom and Ireland most people use trousers or slacks as the general category term, whereas pants usually refers to underwear but is used, interchangeably with trousers, in some northern dialects. In Scotland, trousers are known as trews, which is the historic root of the word ‘trousers’. Trousers are known as breeks in Scots. The item of clothing you wear under your pants is, obviously, underpants. In North America pants is the general category term (though Ambrose Bierce found the word “vulgar exceedingly” and recommended trousers), whereas trousers (sometimes slacks in Australia and the United States) often refer more precisely to tailored garments with a waistband, belt-loops, and a fly-front. For instance, informal elastic-waist knitted garments would be called pants, but not slacks.
North Americans call undergarments underwear, underpants, “long johns” or panties (the last are women’s garments specifically) to distinguish them from other pants that are worn on the outside. The term drawers normally refers to undergarments, but in some dialects, may be found as a synonym for “breeches”, that is, trousers. In these dialects, the term underdrawers is used for undergarments. In Australia, men’s undergarments are called underwear, underpants, undies, under-dacks, dacks or jocks.
Various people in the fashion industry use the words trouser or pant instead of trousers or pants. This is nonstandard usage. The words “trousers” and “pants” are pluralia tantum, nouns that generally only appear in plural form—much like the words “scissors” and “tongs”. However, the singular form is used in some compound words, such as trouser-leg, trouser-press and trouser-bottoms.