This may be a stupid question, but would it be wrong to refer to my lap as my lap when I'm standing up? It doesn't sound right to me, but I don't really know what else to call it other than "quadriceps," which is really referring to the muscles, not my lap.
1This is actually part of an old riddle: What disappears when you stand up? The answer being "your lap", of course!– stangdonJan 5, 2017 at 18:44
1Even Philomena Cunq has asked Where does your lap go when you stand up? - and if she doesn't know, it's probably part of what they call The Hard Question.– FumbleFingersJan 5, 2017 at 18:47
No. When you stand up, your lap just becomes part of your legs.
lap - noun
the top surface of the upper part of the legs of a person who is sitting down:
- Come and sit on my lap and I'll read you a story.
What would you call it instead? Would "upper front thighs" work?– user3395Jan 5, 2017 at 18:17
1You could call them that if you wanted to, I suppose.– MickJan 5, 2017 at 18:33
2Yeah, I think "thighs" is probably the best general term. Maybe "front of the thighs" if you have to be specific.– stangdonJan 5, 2017 at 19:19
As a noun it is a thing which has an implied purpose to sit or rest something on. As an adjective it is the general area on which something sits or rest. Lapped as a verb doesn't make sense. You can not lap or be lapped and that is the oddity.
I believe it becomes your
crotch - the part of the human body between the legs where they join the torso.
this also does depend on one's definition of "lap".
This is wrong. Let's use a pair of pants as a stand-in. The crotch is the top of the inseam and possibly the bottom of the fly. I wanted to avoid being vulgar, but let me be direct. The crotch is where a person's genitalia is.– TecBratOct 27, 2021 at 20:30