George Bernard Shaw famously said that the United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language. You can see the ramifications of this in the puzzle below:
My first instinct was to think ‘there are pants EVERYWHERE’, before I realised they meant British pants, ie underpants.
In the US pants are worn over your underwear. In many parts in the UK pants ARE your underwear.
Interestingly, the loan-word ‘pantsu’ (パンツ) in Japanese suffers from the same conflicted identity – it can mean either underpants or trousers (though perhaps the former is more common).
I am amused that Brits are horrified at American Fanny packs. Apparently they can no longer sit on their fanny, because the language has moved it around to the front. I believe only women have them. 😳
he he I always loved that one. And also suspenders!