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February 4, 2010

Pants on the Ground: The Real Story

Filed under: The Real Story — admin @ 4:04 pm

Over the past few months, many Americans have been talking about “Pants on the Ground”, but what is the real story?  From where does this phrase originate?

You have come to the right place.

In the early 1980’s, young men who were unable to find a job, did not have money to take out a woman on a date.  At parties, those who had jobs (and the financial means) to take out a woman would oftentimes walk around with pants at their ankles, trying to give the illusion that their wallets were too heavy for their pants to stay up. 

Several recurring problems have come about, thanks to wearing pants on the ground.  Most notably:

1)  Many young men would forget to put on underwear at all.  Not a problem in most cases … unless you were wearing your pants on the ground.

2)  Trying to walk around with your pants on the ground would cause many young men to trip.  Certainly, not an ideal situation for any suitor trying to be cool.  This is where the phrase “you must be trippin'” came from.

This early 80’s phenomena is also why suspenders and belts were invented.  Discontinued in 1989, suspenders were 2 pieces of material that you would connect to your pants and would go over a persons’ two shoulders, meant to keep ones pants off the ground. 

Belts, of course, are still in use today and is the responsible for the term “tight” (e.g. “that’s tight!”).   The term was meant to tell someone that even though their pants should be on the ground, because their wallet was so heavy, they were only staying up off the ground because the belt was tight.


  1. HA!! pants on the ground! pants on the ground! lookin like a FOOL with your pants on the ground!

    Comment by Kristin Rae — February 4, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

  2. hm. you’d think the invention of the belt would have resulted in less dates, thus depleting human species populating, and in turn, not having the American Idol episode where we had to learn of this ridiculous term…you’d think.

    Comment by SB — February 14, 2010 @ 5:15 am

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