During the 1980s and early 1990s, it was fashionable among tourists of all ages to wear what is now considered somewhat of a fashion faux pas: the bum bag.
Originally designed to be worn on the backside, it was quickly discovered that this method made users susceptible to pick-pocketing, and was generally just a pain in the arse (pun intended) to access.
And so it was that everyone started turning these absurd accessories round to their front, making it a pain in the arse to clip and unclip the belt around your waist. There were simply no winners.
In America, where tourists of a certain age still adorn their waists with this fad of yesteryear, the bum bag is actually known as a fanny pack. The reason for this, of course, is that fanny is another word for backside in American English.
The question is, since fanny has an altogether different meaning in Britain (hint: it means vulva), how did its definition evolve between Plymouth and that rock of the same name?
The answer is, there's no clear explanation. It is believed that the American usage - first recorded somewhere between 1925 and 1930 - was influenced by the British usage (1879).
Further ties place the origin of both words to the title character in John Cleland's erotic novel - the first of its kind - Fanny Hill (also known as Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure).
Whatever the origin, nothing can disguise the fact that bum bags are the single worst clothing accessory of the 80s - which is certainly saying something. Discuss below.
This article was written by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has written for BBC America and Anglotopia. He is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond and loves nothing more than to share these articles with anglophiles, expats, and other interested parties on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.