I often say britches in informal conversation.* I’m washing a load of laundry so I’ll have clean britches to wear next week.* I wouldn’t say, “I bought some britches today”. I bought some pants today sounds better.
I’ve heard people in other parts of the US say trousers.
Do you use the words britches or trousers in certain contexts?
I’m curious if britches is a regional expression? I live in the South.
For some reason corduroy trousers sounds better to me than corduroy pants. But I only say britches when I sing that silly song. You know, ♪Matthew, Mark, Luke and John went to bed with their trousers on. John got up in the middle of the night and said his britches were too tight…♫
Britches more than trousers. It’s what I call what you call “short pants”. If I tell me wife “toss a couple pairs or britches in my suitcase” I know I’ll find my docker cargo pocket short pants when I get to my destination.
(Of course, being into Living History I have knee-britches as well but --------- )
British people don’t use the term ‘britches’. Breeches, however, are a specific type of garment you wear to ride a horse. They differ from jodhpurs in that they wrap around your calf so they can fit snuggle inside your boot, whereas jodhpurs are ankle length for wearing with short jodhpur boots.
I only know this startling piece of info because my father was a riding wear manufacturer.
Lifelong Californian: I only say “pants.” I agree with woodstockbirdybird that “britches” sounds hick, and “trousers” sounds pretentious if you’re American. I sometimes say “jeans” or “cargos” to differentiate the types.