One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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- ‘If the slang term "Maggie's drawers" was in use during World War I, the reference was probably too indelicate for many printed examples to exist.’
- ‘Evidently "Maggie's drawers" was inspired by the title of a bawdy song on that very subject.’
1940s: said to be in reference to a song entitled Those Old Red Flannel Drawers That Maggie Wore.
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