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Old 05-16-2019, 01:21 PM
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When you think of a thong you think of...?


Inspired by this thread.

How did we get two different wearable items with the same name?
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:42 PM
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I didn't vote. "Buttcheeks" wasn't included.
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:43 PM
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Really, I can't recall not knowing out of context. But I went ahead and chose "flip flops" since that was the first thing I knew "thongs" to be.

The underwear was called a "G-string". (And then later I learned it was also called a thong").
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Thomthing you thing with a lithp.
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:46 PM
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Neither. I think of a narrow strip of leather (or other material strong enough to act as a narrow strip of leather). You know, a thong.

The wearables are named after what they are held on with. In the case of the footgear, what they used to be held on with.
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Really, I can't recall not knowing out of context. But I went ahead and chose "flip flops" since that was the first thing I knew "thongs" to be.

The underwear was called a "G-string". (And then later I learned it was also called a thong").
Ditto.
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:47 PM
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Inspired by this thread.

How did we get two different wearable items with the same name?
Rubbers too. When my stepdad asks my mom where his rubbers are, I about choke.
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:49 PM
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Maybe itís regional but I never heard flip-flops referred to as thongs until very recently and not in real life.
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:52 PM
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Before say 1976 or so I would have said flip=flops. But since then I have heard it, and basically used it, in relation to underwear and swimsuits.
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Neither. I think of leathercrafting.

The underwear's a g-string, the sandals are flip-flops.

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Old 05-16-2019, 02:30 PM
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Butt floss.
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It would depend on the context; the word can mean either.
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:04 PM
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It would depend on the context; the word can mean either.
True, but I think about women's underwear more than I think about flip flops.
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:11 PM
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When my stepdad asks my mom where his rubbers are, I about choke.
Phrasing!
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:13 PM
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FWIW, the word thong meant shoes when I was growing up in the 80s. Then came that glorious renaissance of female underwear. And its sad consequence, the whale-tail.

Now, I think of the undies.
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:22 PM
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For some reason I thought of swimwear rather than underwear. But definitely not flipflops.
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:25 PM
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Rubbers too. When my stepdad asks my mom where his rubbers are, I about choke.
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Where are my rubbers to ford the storm?
What good are rubbers? Outside it's warm!
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It's been raining,
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Note that a thong and a G-string are not the same thing.
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Old 05-16-2019, 04:28 PM
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You really should have made a third option available. When I think of a thong, I think about whether it would be eathy to thing.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:06 PM
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We grew up calling flip-flops thongs. I learned about g-strings in the early 80's and their alternate name a few years later.
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I used to call flip flops thongs, too. But that association has faded, having viewed select others in thongs. And not the foot kind either.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:24 PM
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Australian. Thongs are always flip-flops.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:35 PM
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You should have seen the look my husband gave me when I told him I was looking for leather thongs.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:08 PM
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Honestly, when I hear "thong" I think Music Video by Sisqo, but since he was in turn referring the swimwear/underwear meaning, I checked that.

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When I was a child, flip-flops were shoes and g-strings underwear. As I was in high school and college, I heard of thong underwear more and more often (as opposed to the term "g-string" being used). IRL, I have still never heard "thongs" used for flipflops in the wild. I wonder if it's regional.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:27 PM
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I used to call flip flops thongs, too. But that association has faded, having viewed select others in thongs. And not the foot kind either.
Same here. My definition changed after I got married.
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Neil Diamond with a lisp? "Thong, thung blue, everybody knows one...."

I think of underwear now, in the past I would have said flipflops.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:40 PM
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Maybe itís regional but I never heard flip-flops referred to as thongs until very recently and not in real life.
Yeah. I first heard of flip-flops being called thongs online, several years after I was already familiar with the underwear being called that too. I've also never heard a person in real life use the word "thongs" for flip-flops because we call them flip-flops.
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I've heard of flip-flops being referred to as thongs, but rarely, and context made the intended meaning clear.
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Aussie here, thongs are always flip flops or jandels as our NZ cousins say!
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When I was a kid, we didn't call them either flip flops or thongs. We called them zories.
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"Thongs" and "zories" were both common terms for flip flops when I was growing up in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County (moved in in 1964; joined the Navy and moved away in 1980).

They're probably not, but I liked imagining that the huarache sandals the Beach Boys sang about were also flip flops.

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I grew up in Utah in the 60s and 70s and since Mormons wear funny underwear which would not turn on anyone, then thongs were footwear.

The Japanese call that kind of underwear “T-back” so I’ve seen/heard that term much more frequently.

Until that thread, I had forgotten that we called the shoes “thongs” because it’s been decades since I’ve heard it spoken in that context.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:28 PM
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Neither.

The footwear is called "flip-flops". The undies are called "buttfloss".
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Thomthing you thing with a lithp.
^Thith.
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:19 AM
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Note that a thong and a G-string are not the same thing.
"A G-string is a type of thong"

"One type of thong is the G-string, the back of which consists only of a (typically elasticized) string"

The second then go on to discuss the (minor) differences between the two. But I think it's safe to say that the actual technical differences are picayune. And anyway have no real bearing on my reply, which ultimately was about regional usage.
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Before say 1976 or so I would have said flip=flops. But since then I have heard it, and basically used it, in relation to underwear and swimsuits.
Same here.

I'm not even sure thong underwear existed when I was young.
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Thomthing you thing with a lithp.
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^Thith.
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You really should have made a third option available. When I think of a thong, I think about whether it would be eathy to thing.
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Neil Diamond with a lisp? "Thong, thung blue, everybody knows one...."

I think of underwear now, in the past I would have said flipflops.
All of you, go to your roomth without thupper!
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:14 AM
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When I hear "thong", I think of the underwear.

When I hear "thongs", I think of the shoes.

The poll says "thong", so I picked underwear.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:01 AM
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True, but I think about women's underwear more than I think about flip flops.
Same here, but that has nothing to do with the terminology.
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I grew up in Texas and came of age in the 1970s. The sandals were flip-flops, but sometimes I heard them called thongs. The butt-floss swimsuit didn't exist as far as I was aware at that point. There were G-strings which were something you'd find only in a strip club, and those weren't called thongs.

It was only much later when butt-floss swimsuits became common that I heard them referred to as thongs, and I thought it was a joking name because they shared a feature with the thong sandals.
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I only heard of flip flops being called thongs in the last ten years or so. Maybe it was a regional thing.
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Before say 1976 or so I would have said flip=flops. But since then I have heard it, and basically used it, in relation to underwear and swimsuits.
Same. When I was a kid in the 70s thongs were flip-flops. After my teens it became underwear.
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I think of the women's underwear.

I don't know if I'm obsessed with sexual thought or not; best guess is, I'm an average male. But if I thought about sycamore trees as much as I think about sex, I would definitely be obsessed with sycamore trees.

Look, if you show people a pair of flip-flops and ask what they're called, more people will say "flip-flops" than anything else, at least here in the USA. But if you show people a pair of that distinctive women's underwear most will call that a thong. We're comparing the primary name of one thing with a secondary term for another. Besides, I didn't think a G-string was exactly the same as a thong. Aren't G-strings skimpier in front?
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Maybe it’s regional but I never heard flip-flops referred to as thongs until very recently and not in real life.
From the midwest this is my first time hearing that usage. I expected underwear or a thin leather strip.

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When I was a kid, we didn't call them either flip flops or thongs. We called them zories.
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"Thongs" and "zories" were both common terms for flip flops when I was growing up in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County (moved in in 1964; joined the Navy and moved away in 1980).
I had never heard the term zories until this week. Maybe it's a West Coast thing.
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BTW: A renowned jungle explorer was exploring a jungle one day, when he was stricken by an illness, that, while it probably wouldn't kill him, would probably make him regret that fact. His malaria medicine having proven ineffective, he made his way to the nearest jungle village and consulted the village witch doctor.

The witch doctor gave him a strip of some creature's tanned skin, with seven knots tied in it at one-inch intervals, and instructed him, "Each morning when you rise, bite off a knot from the leather, and chew and swallow what you have bitten off. When you have eaten the entire thong, you will be cured!"

So the jungle explorer, having few alternatives, followed the witch doctor's instructions. On the day after he ate the last bit of the leather strip, he was feeling no better, so he went to the witch doctor's hut to complain.

"See here" he said indignantly,
SPOILER:
"The thong is ended, but the malady lingers on!"


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Growing up in Missouri in the late 70s and 80s, I heard the irredeemably tacky shoes called "thongs" pretty often. But i haven't heard that usage in years. Now when I hear "thong", I immediately think of the underwear/swimwear. However, as noted upthread, if I heard someone use the plural, I'd probably assume they meant the shoes.
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Re: Zories vs. Thongs:

Grew up in NYC:
Thongs were flip-flops that had a strip of rubber that came up from the rubber base, went between two toes, and spread out to go back below the base on either side of your foot. Zories had a foam/rubber bottom, but nothing between your toes - just a wider strip of foam or rubber that covered your toes from side to side, with the front left open.

Boy, that took too many words to describe something this simple. :-)
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Rubbers too. When my stepdad asks my mom where his rubbers are, I about choke.
I had a friend who spent a year in the US while in his teens.
One day at school, he stood up and asked if anybody could lend him a rubber.

Hell, I didn't know the word meant that in the US, either.
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