counterpart of an odd sock

Discussion in 'English Only' started by KennyHun, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. KennyHun Senior Member

    Budapest, Hungary
    Hi everyone,

    How would you refer to one half of a pair of socks when looking for said half after it's "gone missing"?

    I'm looking for the matching sock?
    I'm looking for the sock that goes with this one?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Florentia52

    Florentia52 Modwoman in the attic

    English - United States
    "Matching sock" is fine, but I usually say "the mate to this sock."
  3. KennyHun Senior Member

    Budapest, Hungary
    A slightly different question, I hope it's okay if I post it here. It took me quite a while today to find one half of the pair of slippers I usually wear inside. Could the word mate also be used in this context? "What are you looking for? - For the mate to my slipper."
  4. Parla Member Emeritus

    New York City
    English - US
    It's possible, but I think we'd usually refer to it as "my other slipper" or "the other slipper".
  5. Copperknickers Senior Member

    Scotland - Scots and English
    You can use various words: 'mate', 'twin', 'counterpart'. But 'the other one' or 'the other one of the pair' or 'the missing one' are the most idiomatic.

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