Surprisingly, the top response by our readers was simply, "pantyhose". Presumably, this means referring to men's legwear as "men's pantyhose". This was preferred by 29% of respondents. "Legwear" was the Number Two response, with 20% of the voting, and "sheer/opaque tights" rounded out the top answers with 16% of the votes.
None of the other potential responses gathered even 10% of the votes. From this, we could infer that they have little potential for catching on as a generic 'catchword' for men's legwear. Of note is the fact that 'mantyhose' came in fifth place with only 5% of respondents preferring this oddball word. Ironically, off all the responses, it seems to be one of the most commonly used by media when writing about men's legwear. Although I don't really much care for the term, I too find myself using it with some regularity.
Does this mean that--like it or not--this made up word that came in fifth place in a poll on legwear terminology could 'get legs' and become the de facto name for men's hosiery? Who knows? Stranger things have happened in the annals of product marketing and trend development.