Thursday, February 15, 2007
pants, scissors and diapers(?)
Other pluralia tantum objects in the world include: suspenders, scissors, shears, pliers, binoculars, tongs.
Diaper is an interesting case. It appears that we can say: "She wore a diaper." or "She wore diapers."
Even though you can't say: *She wore a pantie. or *She wore a short.
Also interesting is that the brand names for diapers, Pampers and Huggies are also pluralia tantum but they they can be singular too: Hand me the Pamper so I can change the baby.
Hmmm. What's going on here?
The Language Log says that diaper/diapers and by analogy Huggie/Huggies is plurale tantum and singular.
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