Don't Call Them Gauged Ears!!!

Don't Call Them Gauged Ears!!!


Please comment below to add your two cents.

Are you new to the world of ear stretching?  If so, you'd better watch out.  There are a lot of A-holes in this world.  One of the biggest a-holes you will meet is the one that insists that you do not call plugs or tunnels "GAUGES".  They will explain to you how a gauge is a measurement or size used to measure your ear.  This by definition is very correct.

I feel that if you are new to this world of stretched ears one should welcome you with open arms.  You should be able to call them whatever you wish until you figure out the "correct" terms. Some people will continue to call them GAUGES and that is perfectly acceptable.  The truth is we all know what you are talking about. 

For some, calling plugs gauges is like nails on a chalkboard, but please do not be discouraged.  We have all been in your shoes.  My final thought is that the world of stretched ears needs to be more understanding and politely explain these things to our new members.  This place we call earth is filled with enough A-holes.


What do you prefer?  Do you refer to them as plugs or gauges?  Is it that big of a deal to you?  Please tell us your story by commenting below.


  • Orion Swift

    Old folk always get angry at the new slang the young whipper snappers are using.

    Seriously though – it’s just slang. Get the fuck over it. I prefer to call them stretched ears and plugs just because of the PTSD of having called them gauges to a piercer once in 2007. Fuck that guy.

  • Kreuter87

    I agree that people shouldn’t be rude when correcting others on the correct terminology (plugs, weights, etc). BUT! It is certainly OK for someone to correct you politely. You shouldn’t get so offended when you find out you’re doing something wrong…it’s OK! You’re human no one knows everything, professional piercers are more than happy to share their knowledge. “I like your jewelry/earrings” is much better than gauges.

  • nick palmitessa

    goes to Google to learn terminology so I’m not the guy calling it gauges
    Finds article talking about why people shouldn’t be mad when people don’t know terminology
    Article doesn’t teach any terminology

  • Callee

    If this seriously makes you mad you might wanna get your priorities straight

  • Justina

    I’ve had my ears gauged for 8+ years and I’ve always called them gauges. Today is the first time I ever ran into some chick at Hot Topic who felt the need to correct me. Like seriously get off your high horse. It’s not good practice to correct your customers imo, especially when you know what I’m talking about. I’m going to continue calling them what I want.

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