Pants

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Americans call trousers pants. however, it is for once not a sign of their grasp on English (or lack thereof), but their lack of foresight. When the founding fathers sailed to America, they expected it to be warm, which it indeed was. It was for this reason they arrived in their underwear. But as the seasons turned colder, they wove their underwear into thicker and coarser garments until, when they started to chafe, they decided to make another softer layer to go beneath. Since they were technically already wearing 'pants', they had to make do with other terms to describe their new briefs. Had this never happened, the war of independance and the whole unpleasant tea episode could have been avoided.

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