March 15, 2012

Friday Fluff

This Fluff'n'Stuff is brought to you by the inimitable Lisa at Seeking Elevation. The week's chosen quiz, Underwear Survey, was written by Webmaster and can be found alongside countless others at Feel free to link your Fluff here and find out what next week's Friday Fluff entails.

What's your favorite underwear you own?
Simple black ginch. Or gaunch. I never said either of these words as a kid, they were vulgar and too pedestrian for me or my siblings to utter (insert habitual nose wrinkle here). We thought more of ourselves back then. Turns out we're commoners too.

What's the worst pair of underwear you own?
The ginch with the holes in them do not lend themselves to fostering feelings of self worth, that's for certain.

What's the most embarrassing underwear you own?
The granny gaunch with a fake Scrappy Doo printed on them could be considered a bit gauche I suppose.

What's your favorite color of underwear?
Black. Black knickers are always best.

What color underwear will you not wear?
Beige undies are not nice. Big beige ones were all my mother bought for everyone when I was younger. I still gag when I think about them.

What's your favorite underwear on a member of the opposite sex?
I am currently pretty partial to this cute pair of stretch boxers I picked up for my husband recently. They are striped: blue, purple, black; short; tight; hot. TMI?

What underwear do you hate seeing on a member of the opposite sex?
Tighty Whiteys.


Have you ever lost your underwear while out somewhere?
Uh, no.

Have you ever found someone's underwear while out somewhere?
Ya, um, no. Gross.

How often do you buy new underwear?
I purchase ginch when I need 'em.

Do you buy underwear for anyone but yourself?
I buy adorable undies for the kids, and whatever catches my fancy for my guy.

Where do you like to buy your underwear?
I told you. I buy 'em when I need 'em, wherever I find 'em. I buy what looks reasonable and is not a hideously priced. I believe I still have a small collection of cute ginch that I picked up at a cute little boutique in a local mall some ... um ... 10 years ago. I was looking for trousers, and wouldn't have guessed the place also peddled underthings.


Do you have a favorite brand of underwear?
Buying by brand name these days is just sad. Who falls for the brand name thing these days anyway? I mean, we all know by now that the brands are pretty much slapped on the stuff after the company buys it from the OEMs, right? Right?! Gah.

Is there anywhere you refuse to buy underwear?
Hong Kong night markets. *shudder*

Do you own any novelty underwear?
If by novelty, you mean ginch able to perform its own tricks, no. If by novelty you mean edible gauch, no. If by novelty you mean ginch from Temple Street Night Market, no. If by gaunch you mean gauche, well. You get the picture.

Have you ever bought novelty underwear for anyone?
What? No! Ewwwwwww.

Have you ever worn someone else's underwear?
I'm sure that as a kid I wore my sisters' hand-me-down ginch. Everybody did.


They did, right? ... Um, right?

Didn't they?

Has anyone else ever worn your underwear?
I have no idea. You would have to ask around.

What type of underwear do you wear most?
Black cotton gaunch.

I think we've been over this. It doesn't get any better.

Is there any kind of underwear you refuse to wear?
This is an impressive amount of questions about an article of clothes designed to act as a barrier between one's clothes and one's personal bits and bobs.

Sigh. Okay, fine. I'll play. Ginch that is edible, inedible, nylon, acrylic, chain mail, big and ugly, striped, branded, coloured, white, beige, logo'ed, Lego, anything with a keyhole, wires, batteries or excess holes. That pretty much covers it.


Okay. So I decided this quiz was my penultimate opportunity to explore a preference for ginch or gaunch. I now conclude that the word ginch is the bomb. Or at least less offensive. (I shuddered every single time I typed in gaunch. *shudder* See?)

And so:

On this, the 15th March, I hereby declare that from this day forward on Karen is Muttering the word gaunch is defunct. Ginch will be used exclusively for your reading pleasure. Of course you may still use gaunch in the comment section. North America may no longer boast the right to freedom of speech, but dammit, on my blog, anything goes.

Whew. Glad to figure have that one sorted out. I've been ruminating on it for years. Years.



  1. This is where I have to admit I have never hears/used/seen the word ginch (or gaunch).

    I'm so confused now.

    1. I am 99% sure this is a Canadian thing. We need to get Chibi over here to jump in on this. It is a huge thing in some circles ... but maybe not with the younger set. Chibi? Chibs? Maybe she's out doing a chibismash someplace. Chibi?

    2. Hmmm. Interesting.

      Chibi? Oh Chiiiiiibbbbiiiii?

      Wherefore art though Chibi?

    3. I've used ginch and gaunch (although I spell it gonch), but tend to lean towards ginch. I'm guessing it's a regional thing: I was completely gobsmacked when I first saw the word "chonies" used to describe under-roos on Twitter.

    4. Chonies! Hilarious! I think the first time I heard this debated was on Canada World Youth: Manitobans are pretty firmly attached to Gonch. I think your spelling is probably closer to the truth than mine.

      Chonies. Innnnterrrrrressssssting. I kinda like it.

  2. Oh Tracie. I guess we'll both take to Google.

    Karen, you have a solid idea about the panties with batteries thing though. Two birds, one stone.


    1. Yar. Thanks. I'm an electrophobe so I'm just not sure how much I want those in mah underpants.

      No. Don't ASK that next question. I'm taking Joules' 5th. Even though we don't have that here.

    2. I'm so happy to know I'm not the only who had to google that, Lisa.

    3. So it is definitely a Canadian thing. Like hot knifing hash. I found out in Hong Kong that only Canadian moms have a drawer full of destroyed butter knives. Canadians. Not American. (Our past/future slogan)

    4. btw don't google that unless you want the google maestros to think of you as a pot head from the Great White North.

  3. Ginch Gaunch Gauche. That was great. Alliterative humor is some of the best out there, followed closely by underwear jokes.

    1. This was a pretty funny fluff, and one I could actually stay relatively brief in my answers. No pun intended. (gah!)

  4. I'd never heard of it either, I had no idea there were so many words for undies!

    1. It most definitely is a Canadian thing. And I kind of could give you a half dozen more (at least) words for skivvies. See?!

  5. I goggled it too. For some reason this whole post makes me want chocolate. I think my brain was saying Ganash inside..though it does not take too much prompting for my head to be on chocolate. Anyway great fluff this week!

    1. Okay. This comment get the best comment of the month award. For sures. My post on undergarments make you want chocolate. What is NOT awesome about this?! (Answer: nothing)

      I didn't think I would enjoy this quiz but I gotta tell you I was oh, so wrong. And I also really appreciate the different answers that everyone else posted. It was an excellent choice after all.

  6. Glad to know that new word and battery operated...hmmmmm!

    1. You must also be non-Canadian. I love how we do have differences, despite so much shared culture, so much shared ancestry.

      And battery operated, no thank-ya. But maybe that's just me. I'm very a fearful electrophobe.