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I have yet to find any use of the expression "sexing socks" to mean pairing them. Has anyone heard this or know its origin? It predates "sexting" in my vernacular by a couple decades, incidentally.

Thanks for any help.

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    'I have yet to find any use of the expression "sexing socks" to mean pairing them.' seems to indicate that you're making the usage up yourself. – Edwin Ashworth May 3 '17 at 1:32
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    I can easily see where it could come from “mating socks” but i’ve never heard it before. It sounds like the kind of thing any smart-aleck might say when asked what they’re doing. – Jim May 3 '17 at 1:32
  • The way one holds socks up to peer at their precise shade of black could look like someone holding up guinea pigs, kittens etc to check their gender. Or it could be a slightly earthier allusion to 'counting the holes' if the sock pairing would include checking for needed repairs. – Spagirl May 3 '17 at 1:56
  • Or it could mean just separating out the socks belonging to a female and the socks belonging to a male from a mixed sock wash, unless it's about sock-hops. – Spagirl May 3 '17 at 2:15
  • i also do this, in fact i make up stories about it - 'left sock meet right sock, right sock meet left lock, now go forth and multiply' - keeps me amused anyhow – JonMark Perry May 3 '17 at 5:06

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