November 8, 2005 @ 8:40 pm by sean
I’m not sure whether I were underwear because I find it necessary, or because that is just the way it’s done. I’m not sure about the rest of us either. I found this in the OED online, but it offers no help. Does the last mean I will get along well with 9 others wearing ordinary mixed underwear, or I’ll do fine wearing ordinary mixed underwear? I think it’s the former.
1875 Cassell’s Family Mag. I. 113/2 It will scarcely be necessary to give the address where the patterns of hygiene ‘under-wear’ are to be obtained. It would be more to the purpose to tell how the so-called ‘under-wear’ is made and trimmed in Paris. 1880 Scribner’s Mag. 213 The general want of underwear was not so cruelly felt as had been feared. 1885 T. M. COAN Ounces of Prevention (1888) 10 Robust persons will get along well enough with the ordinary ‘mixed underwear’.