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The back of the garment typically consists of a thin waistband and a thin strip of material, designed to be worn between the buttocks, that connects the middle of the waistband with the bottom front of the garment.
One type of thong is the G-string , the back of which consists only of a typically elasticized string. Thongs come in a variety of styles depending on the thickness, material, or type of the rear portion of fabric and are available for both men and women throughout most of the world. The origin of the word thong in the English language is from Old English thwong , a flexible leather cord. Many languages borrow the English word string to refer to this type of underwear, usually without the G.
Another common name is tanga or sometimes string tanga , especially in the German Tanga. A frequent metaphor, especially in Brazil, is dental floss; in Brazil a thong is called fio dental Portuguese for dental floss ; in English, the term "Butt floss" is sometimes used.
Shorts means "briefs" and "bandi" means "with a string". A Puerto Rican Spanish slang term, used by Reggaeton artists, is gistro. Australians often colloquially refer to the G-string as a g-banger or simply banger. Some names for the thong reference the bareness of the buttocks, as seen in the Spanish word colaless the origin is probably connected to the term topless but in reference to cola , colloquial term for butt in South American Spanish , and in other names the "T"-like shape of the back is highlighted.
However, there are several usages of the term T-back in English as well e. Konigsburg 's T-backs, T-shirts, Coat and Suit. According to the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion , "The G-string, or thong, [is] a panty front with a half- to one-inch strip of fabric at the back that sits between the buttocks",  and Knickers: Attributed to strippers circa ". The thong, like its probable predecessor the loincloth , is believed to be one of the earliest forms of human clothing and is also thought to have been worn mostly or exclusively by men.
It is thought the thong was probably originally developed to protect, support, or hide the male genitals. The loincloth is probably the earliest form of clothing used by mankind, having originated in the warmer climates of sub-Saharan Africa where clothing was first worn nearly 75, years ago. Many tribal peoples, such as some of the Khoisan people of southern Africa, wore thongs for many centuries. Much like the Japanese fundoshi , these early garments were made with the male genitalia in mind.
According to some fashion historians, the first public appearance of the thong in the United States was at the New York World's Fair. Fashion designer Rudi Gernreich , who in the mids created the first topless swimsuit , which he called the monokini , is credited with introducing the modern thong in     when he designed a thong bikini in response to a ban on nude sunbathing by the Los Angeles City Council.
Attitudes toward the wearing of g-strings vary geographically and across societies, as is usual with highly revealing clothing. Prior to its entrance into mainstream fashion, g-strings were primarily worn by exotic dancers.
In the modern Western world, g-strings are more commonly marketed towards females but are worn by both sexes. During the s, thongs were worn on stage by pop stars such as Cher and Madonna.
Baywatch , where numerous females were recorded wearing thong swimsuits. In the s, the thong began to gain wider acceptance and popularity in the United States as underwear and, to a lesser extent, as swimwear , especially with women, but also men. In the USA and Europe, the wearing of thongs by men was once mainly limited to the dance belt , the posing pouch for bodybuilders and the realm of male strippers.
Men's thongs are now more widely available and commonly worn as day-to-day underwear or swimwear. While some major retailers such as Kmart sell men's thongs,  they are not marketed as strongly to men as they are to women. In Europe, thongs have been commonplace for many more years both as underwear and swimwear. In the s, some people wore thongs with low-cut hipsters and deliberately exposed them over the top of their trousers, producing an effect popularly known as a whale tail.
This led to many thong designs intended to be worn in this manner, which were adorned with jewels and motifs on the back. Types of thongs include the traditional thong, the G-string, and the C-string. There are a number of intermediate kinds of thongs between full rear coverage and a string rear. As designs become more risqué there are also types intended to expose genitals as much as they conceal them.
Other styles include the Cheeky, V-string, T-front and T-back. The naming of the intermediate styles of thong is debatable, different vendors use the words somewhat interchangeably. There are also novelty designs for both sexes, featuring shapes to conform to the genitals or provide humorous visual effects. The most significant difference between thongs designed for men and women is the shape of the front part of the garment. Often, but not always, thongs for men will feature a vertical seam to create shape and space for the male genitalia, and the pouch may be made of stretchy material usually cotton-Lycra or microfiber for an ergonomic fit.
The equivalent section in women's thongs is normally flat and seamless. However, the fabric is usually thicker in the area where it covers the vulva by incorporating a cotton gusset. Since the mids, strippers and exotic dancers in the West have been referring to the style of thongs they wore for their performances as G-strings.
The origin of the term G-string is obscure. It may simply stand for 'Gusset' as the G-String is in effect just a gusset on a string. Since the 19th century, the term geestring referred to the string which held the loincloth of American Indians  and later referred to the narrow loincloth itself. William Safire in his Ode on a G-String quoted the usage of the word G-string for loincloth by Harper's Magazine 15 years after Beadle's and suggested that the magazine confused the word with the musical term G string i.
Safire also mentions the opinion of linguist Robert Hendrickson that "G" or "gee" stands for groin , which was a taboo word at the time. The g-string first appeared in costumes worn by showgirls in Earl Carroll 's productions during the Jazz Age. Linguist Robert Hendrickson believes that the 'g' stands for 'groin'. During the Depression, a "G-string" was known as "the gadget".
The Chicago area was the home of some of the largest manufacturers of G-strings and it also became the center of the burlesque shows in the United States.
This is held in place firmly by a flexible internal frame. Since there is no material around the waist, the C-string completely eliminates the panty lines which thongs and other underwear create. C-strings are also designed for use as beachwear , which reduces the tan lines that would have been left by the side straps of even a G or V-String.
A more conservative style called a cheeky covers a little more area, but exposes the bottom part of the buttocks.
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