What even is “A Scissor” anyway?

So something has been bothering me ALL DANG WEEK.

Someone asked me for “a scissor.”

As I handed the scissors to them I thought to myself, “Don’t you mean ‘a pair of scissors?'”

And then…. I spiraled.

 

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Because a pair of scissors is really just one object, isn’t it? What even is “a scissor” anyway? When does anyone ever just get one scissor? Isn’t that just… a knife? I’ve never purchased just one scissor.

AND WHAT ABOUT PANTS? Why, oh why, are they referred to as a PAIR OF PANTS. They NEVER come separately. I realize that there are two legs that go into the making of pants, but those are just PART OF THE PANTS. THEY ARE PANT-LEGS. You never say that you need “a pair of sleeves” when you’re buying a shirt, do you? Maybe we should?

And if we go even deeper and remove the pants, we get to the weirdest one: UNDERWEAR.

SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW UNDERWEAR EVEN FALLS INTO THE “PAIR” CATEGORY”

YOU NEVER LOSE ONE HALF OF YOUR UNDERWEAR IN THE DRYER.

Am I alone here?


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2 Responses to What even is “A Scissor” anyway?

  1. Brian says:

    I have wondered the same thing about scissors. Recently even. So I dug and found this: https://www.quora.com/Why-are-scissors-called-a-pair-of-scissors. (If I remembered my HTML I’d make that pretty)

    I buy their scissor explanation, but the dude further down that tried to use trousers or pants to clarify things? Failed.

    And the underwear deal? Why do you think some people call them “unmentionables”, hmmmm?

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