Talk:Clothespin

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Opening comment[edit]

Does anyone have any idea who invented the sprung wooden clothes peg? I know someone who claims that their ancestor invented it but I can't find any information about this.

Name change[edit]

  • I propose changing the article's name from "Clothes-pin" to "Clothes-peg". Does anyone have any reason to object? EuroSong talk 14:49, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

Give yourselves a pat on the back![edit]

I find the idea of clothes pegs fascinating. Utterly marvellous page. I am the chairman of the clothes peg appreciation society. Thumbs up to anyone who has worked on this page, it should be highly commended. The wealth of knollwedge on the topic of the clothespin is remarkle... well done!

Cleanup[edit]

Changed a picture, deleted odd section on clothes pin production moving to China, and other minor edits Fleetham (talk) 06:27, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.
 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 212.139.109.0 (talk) 09:53, 1 March 2009 (UTC) 

The result of the proposal was PAGE MOVED per discussion below. -GTBacchus(talk) 20:36, 5 September 2008 (UTC)


  • The US term is clothespin. In the UK and AU it is clothes peg. There is no reason to move the page to clothes peg or clothes-peg, but it would be ok to move it to clothespin, which is much more common than clothes pin or clothes-pin. 199.125.109.138 (talk) 22:01, 29 August 2008 (UTC)
  • When User:Hogtied moved this page at 11:45, 24 March 2006 from Clothespin to Clothes-pin he stated the move comment "Hyphen given in OED. Also prevents "-spin" confusion.", which seems sensible to me. Anthony Appleyard (talk) 05:35, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
    OED is a British dictionary. Clothespin is an American word. What is the "spin confusion?" How to pronounce the word? It is pronounced clothes-pin, but clothes-pin isn't a word. Check any American dictionary.[1] 199.125.109.126 (talk) 23:18, 31 August 2008 (utc)
  • Support. WP:ENGVAR is the relevant guideline. This article doesn't have particular ties to the US or the UK, so the decision is up to "the first major contributor to the article". This was (presumably) Seth Ilys ([2]), who called the implement in question a "clothespin", tying us down to the US spelling. We should therefore use the standard US spelling, without the hyphen. Tevildo (talk) 18:35, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Support. Actually both spellings are acceptable in the US based on dictionary lookups. However the single word spelling is, in my opinion, far and away the most common. Vegaswikian (talk) 03:59, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Removal of "Other uses" ?[edit]

That section is rather meaningless, and could best be conserved otherwise, which I'm sure it is. /Mats Henricson, 2009-08-25 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.225.9.154 (talk) 12:07, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

I believe that these "other uses" are the principal reasons for celebrating the clothespin; and that, far from being removed, this section should be expanded so as to celebrate the adaptability of Moore's deceptively simple invention. (The applications may individually be 'mundane', but they are varied and valuable)

I also think it worthwhile to include adaptations that are sold for other purposes: clipboards and closures for plastic storage bags come to mind immediately, but I am sure that there are more. I sometimes find that the original clothepeg is more practical for these applications than the commercial derivative. My kitchen drawer is never without them, even though I no longer hang my washing out.

Returning to a few alternative uses for clothespins that are not already mentioned):

Holding papers together (often more appropriate than bulldog clips)
Holding items while glue sets (it is not only luthiers who use it for this purpose)
In the historic darkroom, a wire would be threaded through the centre of the spiral spring, and the clip used to hold celuloid and papers whoe they dried (similar to the original purpose, but the paper didn't need to be bent over)
Holding music to stands for outdoor use
Ditto drawing paper to the backing board (ever tried water-colour sketching in the wind)?
Perhaps less obviously, as a mute for stringed instruments: it can be more convenient than the traditional wooden clip, as it can rapidly be clipped to the music stand when not in use as a mute PhysicistQuery (talk) 23:37, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

Image and/or video in action[edit]

Clothpeg is a household utensil, then it seems to me that a picture of the object in real action is necessary conditions for a simple visual presentation of results The clip-in machine is a household utensil, then it seems to me that a picture of the object in real action seems to be necessary conditions for a simple visual presentation of results — Preceding unsigned comment added by Coldom (talkcontribs) 11:12, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

second part of design[edit]

that part is more about american made clothespin and market not about design of it — Preceding unsigned comment added by Endisxv (talkcontribs) 20:47, 8 June 2017 (UTC)

JA English?[edit]

ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 includes both JA and JM for Jamaica: If I read that correctly, JM has been the Officially assigned code element for Jamaica since 1974. JA is listed as an Indeterminate reservation, noting that, "Indeterminately reserved code elements are codes used to designate road vehicles under the 1949 and 1968 United Nations Conventions on Road Traffic but differing from those contained in ISO 3166-1. These code elements are expected eventually to be either eliminated or replaced ... . In the meantime, the ISO 3166/MA has reserved such code elements for an indeterminate period. ... Moreover, these codes may be reassigned by the ISO 3166/MA at any time."

Given this, might it not be appropriate to change "JA English" to "JM English"? DavidMCEddy (talk) 12:42, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

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