Q:Hello! I was wondering if it'd be possible to get like a proper, professional dictionary-ish post about the usage of term "gauge" and the correct english terminology on stretched ears? I'm not a native english speaker and all english variants kinda confuse me as my native tongue does not have as many terms in it. I'm afraid I might sound like a twat and use the wrong words if no-one explains them throughly... Anyway, this blog is very enlightening, keep up the good work!
Hm. Okay let’s see if I can do this without looking like a derp. It’s one of those things that’s become such a part of my vocabulary it might be hard to explain. >.<
Gauge: The measurement or size of the jewelry.**
How to use in a sentence.
- What size are those plugs? 00 gauge.
- What size are your ears stretched to? 2 gauge.
How to NOT use in a sentence.
- Yo what size are your gauges?
- I’m gonna gauge my ears later today!*
Plug: solid jewelry worn in the ear.
Eyelet: see through or hollow ear jewelry. May also be called “tunnels” (which I suppose isn’t wrong but does get some people’s panties in a bunch and I personally don’t like it much).
*Stretch: proper word for what many people use “gauge” as a verb for.
- Cool stretched ears!
- I’m going to stretch my ears later today!
That’s all I’ve got for now. Let me know if there are terms you’re unsure of that I missed. I know I was working on a terminology list a while ago that never got finished. Perhaps I’ll work on that some more.
**usually “gauge” is only used to describe sizes under 00g. above that, inch or millimeter measurements are generally used. Someone could also say “what gauge are those plugs?” and that could be answered by “they’re 1/2”!” Normally, saying something like “one half inch gauge” just sounds silly and redundant.