Is it always wrong to wear your trousers too high?

I seem to be going through another BBC News phase. Here's something I spotted on the site a little while back:

Is it always wrong to wear your trousers too high?
Is it always wrong to wear your trousers too high? Yes, by definition - the word too means "to a higher degree than is desirable, permissible, or possible" (Concise OED). 'Possible' isn't applicable here but 'desirable' and 'permissible' both could be.

A fairer question would be 'Is it always wrong to wear your trousers high?'.

3 comments:

Words Between the Spaces said...

No question about it. It's just plain wrong to wear trousers so high.

johnf said...

"Too high" implies it's not right, doesn't it? If it were "very high" or just "high" then I reckon it generally would be wrong (fashionably, not morally), at least in my case.

outerhoard said...

It's not very elegant, but I think the sentence makes sense if we take "too high" to mean "higher than is desirable". The sentence then means, "If you wear your trousers higher than is desirable, are you necessarily wearing them higher than is permissible?" Or shorter: "does undesirable imply impermissible?"

It's only true by definition if "too high" is taken to mean "higher than is permissible".