View Poll Results: Why do Nicaraguan men always wear long pants?

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  • Long pants look more professional

    8 36.36%
  • To keep mosquitoes off their legs

    7 31.82%
  • To keep cleaner when working in the fields

    2 9.09%
  • So no one will mistake them for a gringo

    6 27.27%
  • It's a European cultural influence

    7 31.82%
  • It's just the way it is, deal with it

    5 22.73%
  • They have ugly legs

    4 18.18%
  • The Free Trade Zone factory gives them away for free

    3 13.64%
  • Other (tell us, please!)

    4 18.18%
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    Default Why do Nica men wear long pants?

    For decades, gringos have pondered the question, why do Nicaraguan men always wear long pants? The year-round tropical climate is ideal for shorts, they're cheaper than long pants, and the indigenous people of the tropics don't seem to cover their legs.

    In the poll above, you may check as many as you think apply.

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    Default Re: Why do Nica men wear long pants?

    I voted "other" bc so many of the young bucks in Nicaragua like to make fun of Costa Ricans for wearing shorts that the Nicas have to keep wearing long pants to save face!
    Of course, there is also the generic response of Nicaragua which serves for almost any situation when people can't give you an exact reason why they do or don't do something..."me da pena"....
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    I never do. Never saw my Dad and Grandpa wear them. Shorts are for women whom have pretty legs. We think it is not very macho to wear shorts unless you are at the beach or during gym class.

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    Default Re: Why do Nica men wear long pants?

    Nicoya, where have you been? Glad to have you back online!

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    the percentages don't seem to add up...
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    Default Re: Why do Nica men wear long pants?

    So then are the Americans (like me) that wear shorts when ever I can are the source of ridicule. I am used to that sort of thing anyway.
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    Default Re: Why do Nica men wear long pants?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Demento View Post
    the percentages don't seem to add up...
    You can pick more than one.

    Quote Originally Posted by randude View Post
    So then are the Americans (like me) that wear shorts when ever I can are the source of ridicule. I am used to that sort of thing anyway.
    No, it's just you. :LMAO:

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    Default Re: Why do Nica men wear long pants?

    I like shorts myself, but there is a time and a place for everything.
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    I voted Other because
    One of our Nica Administrators said the reason is because it is more formal. I guess professional would be the about the same but he said no it wasn't. My husband could not enter the office upstairs of one of the goverment buildings, where we have been working through for seven years, because he had on shorts. New Rule.

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    Personally speaking, when I wear shorts in Managua which I rarely do except around the house, I feal filthy by lunch time. There always seems to be this dust in the air.

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    Default Re: Why do Nica men wear long pants?

    unless you live in the north or Carazo,November-February gets below 60,specially at night.


    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    The year-round tropical climate is ideal for shorts

    In the poll above, you may check as many as you think apply.

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    Hi John, Im glad to be back as well!

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    The real reason Nicaraguan men do not wear shorts is because shorts were traditionally only worn by school age boys. It was part of the uniform. When puberty hit, you graduated into long pants.

    shorts were called pantalones chingos. Thus it was not proper for teenagers to wear shorts once they got hairy legs. It was not proper social etiquette.

    I sometimes forget the custom, but remind myself before heading out.

    "Eran aquellos tiempos en que usaba pantalones chingos y jugaba la gallinita ciega y otros juegos
    inocentes con los chavalos del entonces reducido pueblo. Como si fuera ayer, recuerda con nitidez cuando llegó al pueblo el primer cine, que estuvo ubicado en la casa parroquial, donde se armaban los molotes para entrar a ver las películas mudas de Charles Chaplin y Harold Lloyd."


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    Default Re: Why do Nica men wear long pants?

    This is the first explanation that makes sense (to me anyway).
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    Default Re: Why do Nica men wear long pants?

    On the Atlantic Coast, it is prohibited to go shirt-less into many (casual) locations, but being barefoot is acceptable.
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    Exclamation Re: Why do Nica men wear long pants?

    I tried to vote, but I got the following error message (even though I was logged in!).

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    Default Re: Why do Nica men wear long pants?

    Quote Originally Posted by dixietraveller View Post
    I tried to vote, but I got the following error message (even though I was logged in!).

    "Your submission could not be processed because a security token was missing or mismatched.

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    If you were clicking on the poll on the portal page, that would explain it. You have to go to the actual thread. Sorry!

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    Default Re: Why do Nica men wear long pants?

    Up here in the freezing north, some of the cops in my city wear shorts and ride bicycles

    A guy on a bike with a siren, light, radio and gun does NOT look overly casual!!
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    This what my grandmother told when I came to her house wearing shorts: "Solo los vagos usan chingos" (Only the bad guys use shorts). She loves me a lot but wearing shorts was not acceptable for her, as for many Nicaraguans is. Maybe she said that because usually prisoners wear shorts in Nicaraguan jails. It is accepted for foreigners or teenagers to wear shorts but not for a Nicaraguan that expect respect from others. In general, Nicaraguans will wear shorts to go to the beach or play sports but nothing else.

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