A friend of mine was complaining about a love interest’s taste in clothing recently:
“I got all dressed up for our third date, and he shows up wearing an old t-shirt and, uck, man capris.
While I know what capri pants are, and I have seen the occasional man wandering around in these baggy, clam-digger-type trousers, I’d never heard them called “man capris”. Google thinks it’s a new term as well. For more information on this disturbing trend, here’s a LiveJournal rant, a five-year-old CNN article and a Georgetown Voice piece that includes the phrase “while we support the veritable man-capri revolution that has swept Scandinavia”. I had no idea.
Etymologically speaking, I suppose this term follows “man bag”. The popularization of that term probably had a lot do with this Friends episode.