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    "rubbar band" and "elastic band"

    Hello.



    Are these "rubbar bands" or "elastic bands"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: "rubbar band" and "elastic band"

    Either rubber or elastic bands.

    The substance was discovered by Europeans visiting Brazil around the 1550s; the locals called it caotchouc, whence the Chinese word "gao" and the French word, caoutchouc.

    Because it was useful rubbing or erasing pencil marks on paper, the British began calling it rubber.

    Elastic is an adjective meaning energy is completely transmitted during bending or collisions.


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    Re: "rubbar band" and "elastic band"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.



    Are these "rubbar bands" or "elastic bands"?

    Thank you.
    They're commonly called "elastics", and it is 100% correct to do so.

    The phrase "buy some elastics" is more common sounding than "buy some elastic bands".

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    Re: "rubbar band" and "elastic band"

    Overall in general AmE, they are more commonly called "rubber bands." Most folks will know what you mean if you say "elastic," but the most common term is "rubber band." (PROESL is a Boston native, and "elastic" happens to be the more common word used there. However, Boston English is quite often very different than traditional American English.)
    Last edited by Ouisch; 26-Sep-2009 at 20:28.


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    Re: "rubbar band" and "elastic band"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    In AmE, they are more commonly called "rubber bands." Most folks will know what you mean if you say "elastic*," but the most common term is "rubber band."


    *I've heard people refer to a rubber band simply as an "elastic." "Elastic band" is not very common, and is used more in a medical sense, as in the elastic band inserted during lap band surgery.
    Maybe this is regional, or just a preference, but I feel that "elastic" is more commonly spoken in AmE than "rubber band".

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    Re: "rubbar band" and "elastic band"

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    Maybe this is regional, or just a preference, but I feel that "elastic" is more commonly spoken in AmE than "rubber band".
    Ouisch is quite right, Pro. You Bostonians are stuck in some Shakespearian era. :)

    Most North Americans call them rubber bands.


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    Re: "rubbar band" and "elastic band"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Ouisch is quite right, Pro. You Bostonians are stuck in some Shakespearian era. :)

    Most North Americans call them rubber bands.
    Who's Shakespeare? Wasn't he Bob Marley's bass player? I don't know. I forgot. Oh well, I guess we all come from different individual cultures.

    Anyway, I think I need to buy some elastics and envelopes. Maybe it's regional, as Toronto is closer to Detroit.

    I think you have to use a nose - in order for the smiley to appear.


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    #8

    Re: "rubbar band" and "elastic band"

    I'm with Ouisch. It's "rubber band" more commonly in the US.

    The only time I've used "elastics" is for the little rubber bands you get at the orthodontist. Which were very useful for taking out and shooting little paper wads at others in class, if I recall.


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    Re: "rubbar band" and "elastic band"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm with Ouisch. It's "rubber band" more commonly in the US.

    The only time I've used "elastics" is for the little rubber bands you get at the orthodontist. Which were very useful for taking out and shooting little paper wads at others in class, if I recall.
    I guess I'll have to go it alone.

    Well, I just checked Google Images, and it does appear that rubber band is more common, but I still say elastics. That's what I say and always will. Yes, indeed. That's what ah say, yes 'tis. Then again, I also say "amongst" and "towards". And I say "neither" and "either" with the "long I" sound, not the "ee" sound. Can you hear it?

    Did you put the little paper wads in the recycle bin when you were finished shooting them with the elastics?


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    Re: "rubbar band" and "elastic band"

    Thank you very much, everybody.

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