Friday, January 09, 2009

Pantyhose: Plural or Singular?

The picture above depicts "mantyhose." In other words (we just typed "worse"--paging Dr. Freud!), they are pantyhose for men.
As MSNBC put it, "This is the flagship men's pantyhose style by Ohio-based Comfilon's Activeskin Legwear for Men. The company, which has seen a steady increase in sales, uses the tagline, 'This is NOT your mother's pantyhose.'"
Shouldn't it be "These are NOT your mother's pantyhose?"
We do not wear pantyhose, but if we wanted to, we would say, "Where are our pantyhose?" We would not say, "Where is our pantyhose?" Perhaps our lack of familiarity with pantyhose has us confused on the matter. Is it singular? Plural?
We're going to go with the plural, on the basis of their kinship with pants. Pants are plural. Pantyhose, mantyhose...plural. Thoughts? Send them to info AT

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