Improper terminology

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Saturday July 21st, 2012 @ 7:52 PM

Filed under: Piercing

Since when had “gauging” become the common terminology for stretching piercings and jewelry? If I would have even though about that word when I started stretching my piercer would have whacked me upside the head. Yet everyday I find myself correcting some kid who “like your gauges man!” Are pier era now using this word? Has it become acceptable to use it? And am I allowed to strangle people who use this evil word??

This has been taking place for years now. I am one of those artists that would love to slap everyone upside their heads, but I have come to tolerate it, even though I will not use the term. There is a point when enough people misuse a word that it actually becomes what they meant. This is how language works and evolves. All of us in the industry need to accept these changing terms and phrases. You will go mad if you try and correct everyone saying “gauged” “gauges” and “gauging”.

On a side note “tattoo gun” and labret pronounced /ləˈbreɪ/LƏ-bray are still unacceptable.


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One Response to “Improper terminology”

  1. If using the terms “tattoo gun” and “gauges” are not correct, what is? What are the correct terms for these things?

    I’m just curious. Thanks! :3

    Eila on June 16th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

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