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What Do You Call This Plastic String?

Is "gimp" vs "lanyard" a regional thing? Help us find out.

You know that colorful plastic string stuff you made keychains and bracelets with during summer camp?

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It has come to my attention that people have different words for this plastic string stuff, and I suspect the difference is regional.

I was talking about this with some coworkers, and I called it a "gimp." They looked at me, horrified. That's because "gimp" is an ableist slur when used to describe a person with a physical disability. But in the context I know it, it's just describing plastic string — with no association with the slur.

They only knew the string as a "lanyard."

Was this because I'm older than them? Or was it regional? I grew up in Massachusetts, and they were from California.

I think the words for this are regional. Please help me figure this out by answering this poll.

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  1. What do you call this plastic string stuff?

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What do you call this plastic string stuff?
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    Gimp
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    Lanyard
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    Boondoggle
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    Scooby/Scoobie/Scoobidou
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    I have no special word for this.
  1. If you call it "gimp," are you from:

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If you call it "gimp," are you from:
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    New England
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    Somewhere other than New England, but I went to summer camp there
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    Somewhere other than New England
  1. If you call it "Scoobie," "Scooby," or "Scoubidou," are you from:

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If you call it "Scoobie," "Scooby," or "Scoubidou," are you from:
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    The US or Canada
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    Somewhere else in the world
  1. If you call it "lanyard" are you from:

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If you call it "lanyard" are you from:
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    New England
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    Somewhere in the US that's NOT New England
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    Somewhere outside the US
  1. If you call it "boondoggle," are you from:

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If you call it "boondoggle," are you from:
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    The US Midwest or west
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    Upstate New York
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    Somewhere else
  1. If you use the term "boondoggle," does it mean:

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If you use the term "boondoggle," does it mean:
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    The string itself is boondoggle
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    You MAKE a boondoggle from gimp/lanyard
  1. If you use the term "lanyard," how do you use it?

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If you use the term "lanyard," how do you use it?
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    The string AND the thing you make are both called lanyards
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    The string is called "lanyard string," and the final product is a lanyard

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