I’m sitting here listening to Leonard Cohen’s “Closing Time” (check out the nice black and white video full of beautiful people). The chorus goes:
All the women tear their blouses off
and the men they dance on the polka-dots
and it’s partner found and it’s partner lost
and it’s hell to pay when the fiddler stops
It’s closing time
Just yesterday, I used the word ‘blouse’ and felt awkward about it. In recent years, the word seems to have disappeared from our popular language. Female friends have kind of smirked at me when I’ve used in it conversation.
The word seems to now belong only to my mother and my grandmother’s generations. What words do we now use to describe women’s shirts? Besides the word ‘shirt’, that is. ‘Top’, I guess. What else?
On a related note, I feel like I’m the only Canadian under 40 who uses the word ‘trousers’. I learned to eschew ‘pants’ while living in Ireland, and have never really gone back. There’s similar scoffing when I say ‘trousers’. Undeserved, I think.