But the etymology of the word ‘panties’ reveals it’s always contained an element of slight. When it entered the lexicon in the mid nineteenth century, it was as a derogatory diminutive of the term for men’s trousers: pantaloons. See what they did there? Took an insulting term for men’s trousers, and applied it to women and children, particularly girls, in an everyday kind of way.
–So apparently I share my revulsion towards this word with a lot of women.