Is It Really a Pair?

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@AliCanary (1851)
August 14, 2016 7:17am CST
You know how we say "a pair" of scissors, when it's really just one thing? And "a pair" of glasses, when that is also really just one thing? And how about "a pair" of pants, which is also, clearly, just one thing? I can almost see "glasses" as a term, since there is one piece of glass on either side, and they could be used independently (after all, there is such a thing as a monocle). But what's up with the scissors? Why does it need an 's' at the end, and why is it a pair? It's composed of two pointy sections joined in the center, so I guess that means that each side is a "scissor"? Can these actually be used independently? I guess you could stab somebody with it, but I'm pretty sure that cutting out some paper dolls would be out of the question. And pants? Eh? Each individual leg is a "pant"? Can you even use them individually? I don't think so--I don't think one 'pant' would stay up, unless you strapped it on, somehow, and then that wouldn't even cover your bits. And besides, pant is already a word--it's what a dog would do in a hot car. By the way, don't ever leave a dog in a hot car, or I will stab you with a scissor!
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@rachael5760 (2711)
• Israel
14 Aug 16
Scissors were invented with two blades, so each blade is a scissor, and so two of the blades is a pair.
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@AliCanary (1851)
14 Aug 16
Yes, but how useful is one scissor? Wouldn't it just be a knife? If it's a knife, why would they call it a scissor?
@Ujjawal29 (248)
• New Delhi, India
15 Aug 16
That is such a thoughtful discussion. I never thought about it this way that why a single scussor is called a pair.
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@AliCanary (1851)
16 Aug 16
I just wonder about things, sometimes, lol
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• New Delhi, India
16 Aug 16
@AliCanary thats a good quality though
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• Israel
15 Aug 16
Good question...I have no answer to that
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@AliCanary (1851)
16 Aug 16
Sometimes there IS no answer, probably!
@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
14 Aug 16
I just try not to run with them!
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@AliCanary (1851)
16 Aug 16
Ha ha! Always a good policy.
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@sol_cee (16871)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
14 Aug 16
The beauty of the English language. I mean the trickery. lol
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@AliCanary (1851)
16 Aug 16
LOL! Yeah, English is quite ornery.