Pants and Trousers, Breeches and Pantaloons, Jodhpurs and Slacks, Oh My! July 3, 2014 9:12 AMSubscribe
With the recent discovery of the world's oldest known trousers in China, it may be time to look at the history of that two legged garment invented in response to a specific need: to make travel by horseback far more comfortable. Let's look at Pants* Through the Ages!
*I recognize that my use of the American term may cause confusion, clarifications, or other reactions among some of our Commonwealth MeFites for whom "pants" has evolved to refer to what Americans call underwear. See also: Knickers.
And if you've been thinking about the many names for trousers, here's William Safire in the NYT writing about the pants.