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Posted by Rude Boy on January 08, 2004

In Reply to: XYZ - PDQ! posted by Brian from Shawnee on January 05, 2004

: : : : Have not seen this expression on the list. It is popular among kids and it stands for:

: : : : eXamine Your Zipper

: : : : ( a cue to the one who forgot to zip up their pents, etc.

: : : Add the imperitive "PDQ" (for "Pretty Damn Quick") in case the person has been especially careless in doing his pants up.

: : BTW; what earthly difference should it make if one failed to zip up their pants?

: Pants, in the American sense, refers to "trousers". I understand that in Britain and other countries "pants" means "underwear". If for some reason you have a zipper on your underwear but you fail to zip it, then I suppose it would make no difference to anyone but the hospital staff, should you be involved in an accident. Then of course, one would expect that a hospital staff has "seen it all" before and would comport themselves in a professional manner.

: But seriously, many if not most people would suffer embarrassment to one degree or another, if they discovered that they forgot to zip their trousers. This would depend on when, where, and how the discovery is made.

I imagine the PDQ is because not only has the fly been left undone, the member has not been properly returned to inside the underpants - so that one's person is on public display. I once had the worry of that when wearing button-fly underpants, which I couldn't be arsed to do up - when I discovered that I had been 'flying low' I was mortified at the possibility that I had displaying a sleeping lion.

(reference? Winston Churchill forgot to do up his fly and when he was informed he is reputed to have said "Madam, the cage may be unlocked, but the beast is asleep")