Jodhpurs are the type of pants that jockeys wear when they race horses (singular is jodhpur, but it's pluralized just like the word pants), ideal for hip motion while riding. Interestingly, they come from India, and were brought into English culture when a delegation led by Sir Pratap Singh, a prince in the Jodhpur state, came to visit Queen Victoria and really impressed the gentry with the exotic new fashion. Within years, every jockey in the UK was wearing jodhpurs, and to this day it is still the norm in horse riding circles. And, yes, you read that previous sentence correctly: the delegation was from a state called Jodhpur (it no longer exists). The pants were named after the region. This comes from a local city, Jodha, which was named after Rao Jodha, who founded the city as a highly defended capital. There's a Wikipedia page on him and he's really interesting (the classic underdog story); check it out! But now you know.
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