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vkhu
Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 9:30:58 PM
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The title said it all, what's the name for it? It's the thing you can use to pin on your backpack or your shirt to show you interests, hobbies, affiliations, and the like.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 9:41:37 PM

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The title should be 'What do you call this thing', what is what you say when you want to ask about a specific object.
How refers to the manner or way something is done.

I would call the object a pin badge or just badge in British English, I think Americans just call it a pin.
Blodybeef
Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 1:01:19 AM

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Some call it "Pin"
Some call it "Badge"
Some call it "Fashion"
Some call it "Fad"
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 1:14:28 AM

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Hi vkhu!

Yes - in British English, it's a badge.

Just so you can see the difference . . .

A badge is attached fairly solidly, and can be used for interests or for job or group identification.


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A medal is attached only at the top and hangs from the pin or from a ribbon.



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A pin is usually just a straight pin with an emblem attached to the top.



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twinsonic
Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 1:35:46 AM

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I'm in the Western U.S. and we call it a button. Yes, that might be confusing, since a button is also what closes a shirt! It can also be called a pin. If you search online you can even find them called "button pins."

A badge is what law enforcement wears.

I have never heard of it called a "fad" or a "fashion." Those two words aren't used that way in American English.
Shulamit
Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 2:00:55 AM

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In the USA, when you pin your opinions onto your clothing or possessions, such as a back-pack, we often call it a, "button". Then the word, "button", would be preceded by an identifying adjective, so it would be called a, "Campaign button," for instance. This applies particularly when the pin, badge, medal, etc. is round,

Why particularly when it's round, as opposed to square, rectangular, trapezoidal, etc.? I have no idea.

You can find these things en masse with preprinted slogans, witty sayings, even symbols, emojis, photos, arcane references in all sorts of stores, on display for cheap. They serve a similar purpose as do bumper stickers on cars.

Peculiar behavior: announcing to every total stranger who sees you something about who you are or how you wish to be seen.

But so common that it can't truly be called peculiar.
TiMonster
Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 2:40:34 AM
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Here in France, we call it a pin as well
vkhu
Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 3:08:57 AM
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A bit confusing due to all the different names, but thanks guys, I got it now!
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