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Builder's bum: why is this solely a British and Irish phenomenon?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Wanda_the_Wonder, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Occasional commenter

    Don't ever see this in continental Europe - not that I've been looking.

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  2. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    You must like it, to be so interested. Please explain your reasons for this.
  3. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    You've never seen something you don't look at. In terms of profundity, that's set me up for the day, that has.
  4. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    You're a woman of the opposite sex Wanda, don't you find the curve of a man's bottom attractive? I mean some women must, there are a lot of babies out there.
  5. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Oh yes you do. In France it's called the sourire de plombier (plumber's smile) and an enterprising Frenchman even invented a type of boxer shorts with a very wide elasticated wasitband in order to keep the coin slot hidden (although I don't think it has caught on).

    The Germans, I think, call it Der Bauarbeiter-dekolleté (plumbers' crack :oops:).

    The Italians call it the pencil holder (il portapenne) and the Spanish describe it as the builder's piggy bank. :eek:
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2020
  6. WB

    WB Lead commenter

    Evidence of the problem and solution from Germany Plumbers-Crack-Camouflage-Tshirt.jpg ?
  7. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    There is definitely a crack in the OP's argument.

  8. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    I'm creasing up, here!
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  9. WB

    WB Lead commenter

    I can see both sides.
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  10. ACOYEAR8

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    It begins early on in school when certain factions refuse to wear belts to keep their shirts tucked in.
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  11. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Mr Dunty is afflicted by it, and he's not a builder.
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  12. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    It was a fashion statement popularised in Ancient Rome by Gluteus Maximus.
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  13. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

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  14. Flowersinspring

    Flowersinspring Lead commenter

    Handy for cyclists.
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  15. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    Getting to the bottom of this is crucial for the wellbeing of our nation;)
  16. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Occasional commenter

    Well, well, well. You learn something everyday. Just that I have never spotted this on my European wanderings.
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  17. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    It is quite simply because most if not all men buy jeans or trousers which are comfortable to wear (a little loose fitting or just the correct size) rather than a few sizes too short to pretend they are slimmer than they are.

    So yep, as they bend the jeans slip down rather than dig deep into your belly and have you cry in pain as you lose your breath. (Very important if you have a bag of bricks to put down, too!)
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  18. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    But, where are the underpants? Some builders don't wear them, I know.

    Mr Dunty wears 'em, but they seem to disappear! It's a mystery!
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  19. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    I saw one in France once, bloke with a builder's bum. We were at a breakfast cafe on a side street and he fell off his ladder right on top of the table next to us. No more work for him on that day, as he had to get carted off with injuries, poor bloke-a complete pain in the backside!
    Or maybe it was a croissant.
  20. George_Randle

    George_Randle Established commenter

    Who was often in a sticky situation.
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