November 6, 2006 10:40 AM Subscribe
Idiom filter: Party Pants.
I was watching Cien Mexicanos Dijeron (the Unavision version of Family Fued) with my girlfriend, when they got to the final stage, where two people try to answer quick questions with the most popular answers.
We didn't manage to catch the first contestant's answer, nor the question, and the second contestant was clearly just spitballing with her answer of what we believe was "cepillo de dientes" (toothbrush). According to the the host, the most popular answer was "pantalones festivos."
Festive pants? What the hell?
posted by klangklangston to writing & language (28 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
First off, we assume that this is an idiom, and the woman groaned like she couldn't imagine not giving festive pants as an answer. So what the hell are pantalones festivos?
Second, what catagory could both a toothbrush and festive pants fall into? Her answer of a toothbrush got, like, three points, which means that it wasn't totally alien, just not a good guess at all.
This has led to rampant and oft-hilarious speculation in my circle of friends, but even those who took Spanish at university levels are still totally clueless as to what pantalones festivos means. (And we do have that right— it was spelled out as the most popular option on the board, though sometimes they do abbreviate common phrases so it might be missing a word or two at the end or something). And there's only one result on Google, which doesn't provide much context.