My English co-worker Heidi was back from being sick last week and confirmed that they really just don’t have snow, erm, trousers in England. Apparently the school is trying to come to some kind of consensus on what to call things in English so the kids don’t get confused with all the different varieties of English they hear. Heidi seems to think it’s OK to call them “snow pants” but it seems to me if they’re learning “trousers” for the clothing that covers your legs from waist to ankle, and that “pants” means underwear, then “snow pants” creates a pretty funny mental image. Puffy down-filled panties with a blue or red nylon shell. Sexy.

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