"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Plus fours

The freedom that knickerbockers allowed led to the use of Plus fours for golf in the early 20th century. Since these baggy leggings required an extra four inches of material to allow for the overhang of the leg-band they got the name ‘plus-fours’ or 'plus fours'.

Similarly, the commonly used plus-twos (as worn by the shooting fraternity) required two inches more of material.

There were even plus-eights - which can be seen at Trevira's phtostream.

1 comment:

  1. Great! There was a famous SA golfer, Bobby Locke, who always dressed immaculately like that for his tournaments.
    One from an abridged selection from Sam Johnson's dictionary; a WANTWIT.