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SLACKS VS. PANTS?

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In the Chronicle letter, Z uses the word "slacks" to describe Darlene’s garment. In the other two letters, he uses "pants." I have no way of proving this idea but to me the word "slacks" speaks to a person who was much older than his victims in 1969. Sounds like 1930s or 1940s lingo to me! It just sounds dated and mature. I was 13 back then and I would never have said that a woman was wearing "slacks." I would have said pants. (Or at least I think the 1969 version of me would have said "a pair of pants.") I don’t think I’ve ever used the word "slacks," LOL.

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Posted : May 5, 2013 7:24 pm
 Wier
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Fair point! I haven’t heard the term Slacks since I was a kid myself and then it was used by my parents. I’ve don’t think I’ve ever heard the word used by someone of my own generation.

 
Posted : May 5, 2013 7:47 pm
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I have always used the word "slacks" when using it in a form of fancier dress. "You need to put on a nice pair of slacks"–referring to mens clothing.

I think a lot of what we say is based off who is raising us and the words they use.


…they may be dealing with one or more ersatz Zodiacs–other psychotics eager to get into the act, or perhaps even other murderers eager to lay their crimes at the real Zodiac’s doorstep. L.A. Times, 1969

 
Posted : May 5, 2013 8:41 pm
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I have to pass – georgaphically excluded – but I’m interested in the consensus, for sure.
And it was a "BLUE AND WHITE FLOWERED SLACK DRESS," right? (Hee hee, can of worms, open.)

 
Posted : May 6, 2013 12:12 am
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I concur that the word slacks would generally be used by an older person. And maybe by the dry cleaners so they can charge more for the item being cleaned!

Reminds me of "trunks" used for a man’s swim suit.

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Posted : May 6, 2013 2:49 am
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Then there are trousers :D

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Posted : May 6, 2013 7:11 am
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I concur that the word slacks would generally be used by an older person. And maybe by the dry cleaners so they can charge more for the item being cleaned!

Reminds me of "trunks" used for a man’s swim suit.

That’s funny, Seagull!
Yeah, it’s been quite a while since even mens pants were called "slacks".
Maybe since about the time men wore "shorts" under their shorts! And swam in "trunks".
Trousers?! Those were worn by the same guys who wore dungarees!

 
Posted : May 6, 2013 2:52 pm
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Oh this is risky…apologies in advance, no offence intended,totally biased on my part and probably an awful generalization :) Along the same lines, would an interest in the Mikado (especially to the point of taking some inspiration from it) also tend toward an older individual?

 
Posted : May 7, 2013 4:05 pm
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I have to pass – georgaphically excluded – but I’m interested in the consensus, for sure.
And it was a "BLUE AND WHITE FLOWERED SLACK DRESS," right? (Hee hee, can of worms, open.)

Either way…it had legs.

I think Zodiac knew about throwing out different lingo. Some things, imo, point to him being younger while some point to him being older.


…they may be dealing with one or more ersatz Zodiacs–other psychotics eager to get into the act, or perhaps even other murderers eager to lay their crimes at the real Zodiac’s doorstep. L.A. Times, 1969

 
Posted : May 7, 2013 10:47 pm
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Perhaps we are looking for an indecisive tailor.


I don’t know Chief, he’s very smart or very dumb.

 
Posted : May 7, 2013 11:26 pm
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I have to pass – georgaphically excluded – but I’m interested in the consensus, for sure.
And it was a "BLUE AND WHITE FLOWERED SLACK DRESS," right? (Hee hee, can of worms, open.)

Either way…it had legs.

It did? How do you know that T.?

 
Posted : May 8, 2013 12:37 pm
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I have to pass – georgaphically excluded – but I’m interested in the consensus, for sure.
And it was a "BLUE AND WHITE FLOWERED SLACK DRESS," right? (Hee hee, can of worms, open.)

Either way…it had legs.

It did? How do you know that T.?

The Zodiac documentary reproduced everything almost exactly. Photographs of some of the actual clothes are shown. Mike’s actual clothes were shown. His clothes in the movie reproduction…a perfect match. They flew in trees from LB to the crime scene because they wanted a perfect match. The Riverside desktop….almost a perfect match. Just becuase they don’t show Darlene’s outfit in full we’re supposed to assume her outfit was completely made up? They reproduced it down to her shoes! Her sister and other family members were consultants…surely they knew what she was wearing. I will go with ALL of them over Horan’s guess and old Lundblad’s not knowing what to call what Darlene was wearing.

It can’t be a dress and pants at the same time. It had legs.


…they may be dealing with one or more ersatz Zodiacs–other psychotics eager to get into the act, or perhaps even other murderers eager to lay their crimes at the real Zodiac’s doorstep. L.A. Times, 1969

 
Posted : May 8, 2013 9:01 pm
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Actually they were called Palazzo’s. A Palazzo Pantdress was quite popular back then. All one piece, tight on the top & wide legged.

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Posted : May 8, 2013 9:34 pm
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T., OK, yes, that’s what I thought. I think the movie was fantastically well done, too. Moving trees and all that? Pretty darn impressive.
The Zodiac wrote "girl was wearing patterned pants". Is that what she was wearing?

 
Posted : May 9, 2013 1:49 pm
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T., OK, yes, that’s what I thought. I think the movie was fantastically well done, too. Moving trees and all that? Pretty darn impressive.
The Zodiac wrote "girl was wearing patterned pants". Is that what she was wearing?

Yes…the bottom were pants and they had a pattern.


…they may be dealing with one or more ersatz Zodiacs–other psychotics eager to get into the act, or perhaps even other murderers eager to lay their crimes at the real Zodiac’s doorstep. L.A. Times, 1969

 
Posted : May 9, 2013 9:32 pm
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