August 7th, 2016

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Sunday Word: Jodhpur

jodh·pur [ˈjäd-pər]:
origin: [1900] Jodhpur, India

1. A type of pant, cut baggy in the hips and fitted to the calf and ankle. They are named after the city from whence they came, a place where horse-riding and Polo were beloved sports. Jodhpur pants were an innovation for allowing increased movement before the invention of stretch fabrics.

Jodhpurs quickly spread in style to Europe, then America, in situations like the military, then Hollywood directors (complete with whips for reigning in wild actors). A formal version, convenient for the many horseback riding Princes of India remains in use in the country today. Jodhpurs have influenced modern trends in Western fashion too.

2. Calf-high, shined leather riding boots, tightened with a loop & buckle for the perfect fit, on jodhpur pants, are also referred to as "jodhpurs". Yo dawg, can I get some jodhpurs for my jodhpur, while I'm in Jodhpur?

English royalty quickly copied the style after its premier at Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee