Tank Top And Shorts

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A-shirt is short for "athletic shirt"[citation needed] because it is often worn in sports, such as basketball and track-and-field events. In the United States and Canada, it is commonly known as a tank top and also by the pejorative nicknames wifebeater, guinea tee, or dago tee ("guinea" and "dago" being American ethnic slurs for people of Italian ethnicity). In the UK, an A-shirt, especially when used as an undershirt, is known as a vest (compare the American usage of "vest"). Another term is singlet, used in England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Ghana, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, and parts of Hawaii. In the Philippines, when used as an undershirt it is called a sando. In Bangladesh and the State of West Bengal in India, it is called a sando-genji; in other eastern states of India it is called sando-ganji. In India it is known as a banian and is used extensively as an undershirt to absorb sweat and prevent its penetration to outer layers of clothing. In France, it is commonly called a marcel after Marcel Eisenberg, who first started large-scale production of the shirts for Parisian porters during the mid-19th century, or more formally a d├ębardeur, meaning "docker", "porter" or "stevedore".