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06 March 2009 @ 09:23 pm
A poll  
Poll #1361013 Regional Differences?

Are you familiar with the term "binky"? (If no, please skip to question 3)

Yes
78(91.8%)
No
7(8.2%)

What is a binky?

Baby blanket
9(11.4%)
Pacifier
67(84.8%)
Something else that I will explain in a comment
3(3.8%)

Whereabouts in the world are you? (State if in the US; country and region if not, please)

 
 
 
LeiaCatleiacat on March 7th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Also, Death's horse.
Lolleelolleeroberts on March 7th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
yes, but that's with a capital B.
zemhitchhiker on March 7th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
just so :)
Cymru Llewes: profilecymrullewes on March 7th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
So, I remember knowing it before we moved to NH and before we moved to California. I grew up in NC.
kightp on March 7th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
There's binky, and there's blankie.
A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on March 7th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
Yep!
kightp on March 7th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Of course, in the language of the average one-year-old, these can sometimes be indistinguishable. (-:
A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on March 8th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading my mind and expressing that additional bit coherently.
Angela di Tenebreditenebre on March 7th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Exactly!
iamjw on March 7th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
It is entirely possible that I only know the term through tv, which would make its origin to me American. Certainly I never heard it until I was well into adulthood.
Stormy Weatherororo on March 7th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
binkies are also what bunnies do when they're leaping about changing directions in midair. It looks they're dislocating their hips.
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on March 7th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)

I only know it because my MIL used it to death.
Until I met her I'd never heard of it.
Now I'm out of that family, I don't hear it anymore.
Villiersdianavilliers on March 7th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
This is not a term in common use in NZ English. I think of it as an American word for dummy, a dummy being a pacifier.
suzilemsuzilem on March 7th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
"Binky (with a y) was first used as a brand name for pacifiers and other baby products in about 1935 and is currently owned by Playtex Products, Inc. as a trademark in the U.S. (and a number of other countries)."
margdean56margdean56 on March 7th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
I'm currently in New Mexico, but only since October. I grew up in the Midwest and New Jersey before moving to Maryland.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 7th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Cool! I didn't know that.
Curious Stuff: babyonelargecat on March 7th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought! I googled it but not very well, apparently, b/c I couldn't find anything to back it up. But I had always thought that Binky was the brand name that had just gotten used generically, much like Kleenex is often used for tissues of any brand.
Curious Stuffonelargecat on March 7th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
also, just throwing out there that I knew this term from when I was a kid in the 70s. I rarely ever hear anyone today call their kids pacifiers a "binky." In fact I'm not sure I've heard ANYONE use that term since I was a kid. everyone I know seems to refer to them as "pacis."
Bladerunner: angelbldrnrpdx on March 7th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
When I was in Eugene, OR, in the late 80s/early 90s, I heard a lot of people refer to pacifiers as "nuks". NUK is a brand name for pacifiers as well. I've heard "binky" long since I was in Eugene, but I don't believe I've heard "nuk" since.

FWIW: I've worked with young children the vast majority of my adult (>16 y/o) life, mostly in Eugene and Portland, OR.
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on March 7th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
Not a term I've heard used in any of the areas where I've lived. And while it's true that the majority of my friends are childfree, that doesn't mean they all are.
Johnjohnpalmer on March 7th, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
I've heard it used for both; as far as I was concerned, it was just a nonsense word that could have meant anything. I never really thought it *meant* "blanket" or "pacifier", just "the thing the baby wants that's oh-so-cute". So, if the baby loved a chainsaw and looked oh-so-cute hacking bunnies and puppies to pieces, the chainsaw could be its "binky".
Missybkwrrm_tx on March 7th, 2009 10:21 am (UTC)
Bwahahahaha!
mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)tiferet on March 7th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
did the poll...
I am happy also to sell you the dress (just in case you don't get comment replies from the other journal). IF there is nothing else that you want, I can see what size box it goes into and give you a quote tomorrow.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 7th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Re: did the poll...
None of the tops you had listed go with any of my current skirts, so not at this time. If you want to e-mail me, it's janetmiles@chartertn.net (I don't seem to have gotten an e-mail from the other journal).

Thanks!
Missybkwrrm_tx on March 7th, 2009 10:20 am (UTC)
I knew it when I had the girls in Ohio, in the mid-80s.
Jim Hetleyjhetley on March 7th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
I should add that my "no" encompassed personal time in Illinois, Georgia, Michigan, and New Jersey as well as Maine, and Wife's added in Ohio and the whole Central European thing . . .
Adrian Turtleadrian_turtle on March 9th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
When I was a child in Michigan, my family called them "pacifiers." Even when addressing toddlers. I didn't learn the term "binky" until I was in my late teens (but still in Michigan.) Now, in New England, it's very familiar. The parents I know use it more often than "pacifier" or any of the other nicknames for the things. Even parents who don't have them will say things like, "we don't want to give [child's name] a binky, to reduce the risk of nipple confusion."