A pair of scissors - Is that phrase correct ?

Ever wondered why we use the phrase "A pair of scissors", when the word "scissors" itself means an edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades ?

Shouldn't "a pair of scissors" actually mean two different scissors having four blades altogether?

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January 4, 2008 at 12:53 PM

'scissors' means 'a pair of scissors', but if it means the same why take the trouble to say 'a pair of', na? And then if we really needed two of them what would we say? A pair of a pair of scissors? :P
See.. like a great philosopher said, English is a phunnieee language.. or was it Amitabh Bachhan? :P

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