Viewed from the front, the thong typically resembles a bikini bottom, but at the back the material is reduced to a minimum.Thongs are almost always designed to cover the genitals, anus, and perineum, and leave part or most of the buttocks uncovered.
The thong is a garment generally worn as either underwear or as a swimsuit in some countries.
It may also be worn for traditional ceremonies or competitions.
A Puerto Rican Spanish slang term, used by Reggaeton artists, is gistro.
Australians often colloquially refer to the G-string as a g-banger or simply banger.
In the modern Western world, g-strings are more commonly marketed towards females but are worn by both sexes.
During the 1980s, thongs were worn on stage by pop stars such as Cher and Madonna.
Many languages borrow the English word string to refer to this type of underwear, usually without the G.
Another common name is tanga (or sometimes string tanga), especially in the German Tanga.
The two terms G-string and thong are often used interchangeably; however, they can refer to distinct pieces of clothing.
Thongs come in a variety of styles depending on the thickness, material, or type of the rear portion of fabric and are available for both men and women throughout most of the world.
Some names for the thong reference the bareness of the buttocks, as seen in the Spanish word colaless (the origin is probably connected to the term topless but in reference to cola, colloquial term for butt in South American Spanish), and in other names the "T"-like shape of the back is highlighted. According to the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, "The G-string, or thong, [is] a panty front with a half- to one-inch strip of fabric at the back that sits between the buttocks", and Knickers: a Brief History says: "Minor tweaks to the cut earned these skimpy panties different titles—from the thong, which has a one-inch strip of fabric down the back, to a G-string, which, as the name equivalent of Spanish suggests (hilo dental), is more like a string of fabric akin between the teeth." and according to Americanisms: the Illustrated Book of Words Made in the USA a G-string is "a thong panty consisting of a small triangular piece of fabric supported by two elastic straps. The thong, like its probable predecessor the loincloth, is believed to be one of the earliest forms of human clothing and is also thought to have been worn mostly or exclusively by men.