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Back east, we called them chaps, with the ch sound as in chair, or child.
 
Out here, they are universally pronounced shaps. I heard it first from a couple of saddle makers, but the more I interface with all the horse folks here, they all say shaps.
 
 
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They are chaps in the Florida horse community, and I heard it pronounced chaps in North Carolina as well.



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Chaps.

The dictionary lists both pronunciations as correct. The SH makes sense, considering it's derived from the Spanish "chaparreras" (as in designed to protect you from the "chaparrel" brush), but I've never heard it pronounced that way.

When in doubt, just call them "assless pants". Big Grin
 
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Definitely chaps here in the TN/KY/GA/NC/FL horse community as well. Never heard it pronounced with a sh sound.



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Well, I've been to 57 states so far, I think I've got one more to go, and I have never heard the "shaps" pronunciation.



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^^^ Ditto.

<Insert Sean Connery meme here> or would that be "shapsh"?
 
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If you're Ralph Lauren, or ride a Harley, it's chaps with the "ch" like chair.

If you're a cowboy, it's chaps with the soft "sh" sound.


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cheeks
 
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cheeks
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If you're Ralph Lauren, or ride a Harley, it's chaps with the "ch" like chair.

If you're a cowboy, it's chaps with the soft "sh" sound.


That 'soft "sh"' sounds like it came straight off of Brokeback Mountain!!

Wink Big Grin



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Definitely CH around here
 
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With a shh sound. Then out west the cowboys wear chinks, But that is not a racist word.
 
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They call them "shaps" at the saddle shop here in Jerkwater, but they know what you mean if you say "chaps".

I always say "assless shaps". They always say they're all assless.




 
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If you live near a crick full of trout it's shaps, for normal people it's chaps.


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They are CH-aps in Texas.
 
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They are CH-aps in Texas.

In DFW--no doubt. How about in Kingsville or Dalhart?


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Pronounce it any way you want just don't step in that horse chit.



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They are CH-aps in Texas.

In DFW--no doubt. How about in Kingsville or Dalhart?


Yep, I'm a North Texan in Washington with chaps, but no horse to ride. Smile
 
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Maybe a southwestern thing or a Spanglish thing.
Kind of like calling a chain a "shain"
 
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They are CH-aps in Texas.


Jerkwater is in the heart of the Big Bend, and as Texas as they come.




 
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