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Thong

This word has two meanings. The first (and least used by Australians of my acquaintance) is probably most familiar to you: a type of underpants which taper to a thin piece of fabric which sit between the buttocks.

The more usual use for the word in Australia is for a type of footwear that I've heard non-Australians call flipflops. Basically, it's a sole with a piece of rubber or fabric or rubber-covered fabric or leather which goes between the big and second toes and bifurcates to attach to either side of the shoe. There's a picture here.

Personally, I think they're really uncomfortable, but they're cheap, cool, and perfect for beachwear, when you don't want to walk on hot sand, but you don't want to carry sand around in your shoes.

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blacktarrant
Oct. 25th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
I'm originally from Michigan and we called them thongs too. Right up until the first year it got too confusing to explain I wasn't talking about underwear. But I still live in the things, given half a chance.
parabasis
Oct. 26th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
Haha, exactly. Same experience as user above. :)
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