A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from September 11, 2021
“What do you call the pants that have your car keys?"/"Khaki pants.”

"Khaki” can sometimes sound like “car key.”

“One of my favorite clients (a NY’er) was telling me about how he left his car keys in the fridge. At first I thought he said KHAKIS” was posted on Twitter by Jillian Fortin Burtnett on March 18, 2009. “Brit-in-US pro tip: pronouncing ‘khaki’ as ‘car key’ leads to confusion” was posted on Twitter by Isaac Hepworth on February 28, 2009. “Khakis - New England for ‘car keys’” was posted on Twitter by Joey Pockets on December 16, 2010. “@MumblingNerd Khaki: What you use to start your car in Boston” was posted on Twitter by Ryan on August 2, 2012. 

“Omg imagine if you lost your car key but later on found it in you khaki pants pocket” was posted on Twitter by James McInerney on March 23, 2012. “What do you call the pants that have your car keys? ‘Khaki’ pants...” was posted on Twitter by Thomas KJ on February 24, 2021.

“What colour can you use to start your car? Khaki” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on August 10, 2018. “Which color can open your vehicle? Khaki” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on September 7, 2021.


Twitter
Jillian Fortin Burtnett
@notahickie
One of my favorite clients (a NY’er) was telling me about how he left his car keys in the fridge. At first I thought he said KHAKIS. =)
4:28 PM · Mar 18, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Isaac Hepworth
@isaach
Brit-in-US pro tip: pronouncing “khaki” as “car key” leads to confusion.
5:56 PM · Feb 28, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Joey Pockets
@arcaresenal
Khakis - New England for “car keys”.
4:09 AM · Dec 16, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
James McInerney
@MillsMc07
Omg imagine if you lost your car key but later on found it in you khaki pants pocket #rt
10:02 AM · Mar 23, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Ryan
@HeritageMuse
Replying to @MumblingNerd
@MumblingNerd Khaki: What you use to start your car in Boston.
@maineroots
9:54 AM · Aug 2, 2012·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
gigi
@th0masgigi
“Do they have car key pants there?""you mean khaki?”
@keeks1
11:01 AM · Oct 4, 2012·Twitter SMS

Twitter
Will Young
@YourFav_BaldGuy
Apparently for most people when you lose your khaki’s you’ve lost pants. When you’re from Boston & lose your khaki’s you can’t use your car.
7:05 AM · Dec 19, 2012·Hootsuite

Twitter
Vp0ntz™
@v1nnyp0ntz
I lost my khaki’s has two meanings. In New York, you lost your pants.
In Boston, you lost your car keys.  Lmaoooo
9:10 PM · Apr 13, 2014·Twitter for Android

Twitter
rhiT-Rex
@rhiannapindoxo
“What is khaki?” “It’s something you use to open your car”
@unicornsarebaex
7:09 PM · Feb 14, 2015 from Harrow, London·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
LD
@ld311
“Khaki” - not just a color of pant, but in MA also the jagged object used to start your vehicle
4:59 PM · Mar 9, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Meatfeet’s Tweets
@Meat_Feat
What item of clothing will always get you into your vehicle? Khaki shorts!
7:44 AM · May 12, 2015·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
TheTeenStalk
@smallgirltweets
“Imagine if your car key was khaki!”
#smallgirl #imagine
3:23 AM · Jun 4, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Tempus Fugit
@ArjayJee
Replying to @TonyCowards
Khaki shorts. What Boy Scouts use to help you if you’re locked out of your car.
12:44 PM · Sep 21, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Tim Ellis
@TimEllisMagic
If your car key is a khaki colour, then your car key is a khaki key
12:13 AM · Oct 22, 2016·Twitter for Android

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/baconberrystrudel August 10, 2018
What colour can you use to start your car?
Khaki
COMMENTS
t3ddan
They gotta be from Boston tho.. smile Good one I upvoted..

Twitter
b a c h a n
@tegridyfarms101
What’s the difference between beige and khaki?
You can’t start your car with beige.
12:08 AM · Apr 26, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
The Stein Lee ❁
@TheSteinLee
English : Where’s your Car key?
Pidgin : Wear your khaki?
2:51 AM · Oct 17, 2019·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Thomas KJ
@TKJemm
What do you call the pants that have your car keys?
‘Khaki’ pants…
8:06 AM · Feb 24, 2021·Twitter for Android

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/80to89 September 7, 2021
Which color can open your vehicle?
Khaki
COMMENTS
TheThotSlayerDoggo
You bastard… For those who don’t get it, it’s pronounced like Kaaah-Key

Twitter
Dad Jokes
@Dadsaysjokes
Which color can open your vehicle?
Khaki.
2:23 PM · Sep 7, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Facebook
Dan Thompson
September 8, 2021 at 5:32 PM ·
What’s the only colour that can open your vehicle?
Khaki !

LaffGaff
Vehicle Opener
September 11, 2021 by laffgaff
Which color can open your vehicle?
Khaki.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Saturday, September 11, 2021 • Permalink