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Wife-beater

Posted by Sorehand on December 31, 2002

Do people from the UK use the word "singlet" when refering to the tank top style men's undershirt? Or is that too archaic?

My Japanese girlfriend throws all these ancient english words at me. I didn't know what she was talking about. Singlet? I looked it up on the internet. Oh...a "wife-beater"? Wakarimashita.

My question is, how long has the slang word for a men's undershirt "wife-beater" been around? I'm guessing it's definitely a "post-modern" thing, whatever that means.