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Beauty Q: What do you call the thing you use to tie up your hair?

A question that divides a nation.

MY CAT IS obsessed with playing with bobbles. No, not or ‘bobbins’ or ‘gogos’: bobbles. 


In my household, hair ties have always been called ‘bobbles’. However, when I ventured out of Cork, I quickly realised that the common vernacular when it comes to elastics is far wider than I could have imagined


First, there’s bobble’s close confidant, ‘bobbin’.

My issue here is that such a thing as a ‘bobbin; already exists, and it’s a piece of sewing apparatus not suitable for putting your hair in to pigtails.

Second favourite, by a wide margin, is the frankly baffling term, ‘gogo’.

What are the origins of this? “Go go gadget, tie my hair up?” I don’t think so.

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I’ll take ‘scrunchie’ over ‘gogo’, despite the fact that a scrunchie only applies to a select few hair ties.

Source: Claire's

Forget Brexit – nothing divides a nation quite like the debate over what word is correct when it comes to the thing that you have around your wrist at any given moment should their be a hair-related emergency. 

Right then, what do you call a hair tie?

Poll Results:

Bobbin (1795)
Bobble (721)
Gogo (463)
Hair tie (312)
Something else ... (171)

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