With the amount of information available on the internet, from a local library or a local piercing studio, there is absolutely no excuse for anyone to be using the term “gauges” in reference to anything except the system for determining the thickness of wire and body jewellery or to an actual fuel gauge.
If you are willing to make a potentially permanent change to your body such as stretching a piercing, the least you can do is show some respect for your body and the art by doing the research into proper terminology, as well as procedures and aftercare.
Every time you use the incorrect terminology, you are broadcasting your ignorance and laziness to educate yourself enough to know how to refer to the potentially permanent changes that you are making to your appearance.
Even if you aren’t personally modified, researching terminology for something new to you is an excellent habit that should be applied in all areas of your life.
And for those of you who want to make the “language evolves” argument, would it ever make sense if people referred to your earrings as “millimeters,” or to your dick as “inches?”
Below is a refresher for those still struggling with these terms.
Gauge is the thickness of wire or jewellery.
"Do you have that barbell in a smaller gauge?”
Gauging refers to forming a judgement or an estimate.
"I’m trying to gauge the quality of this jewellery.”
Stretching is the process of increasing the size of a piercing by very gradually inserting larger and larger sizes of jewellery over time. It can be accomplished through the use of tapers, wrapping inert tape around plugs, or waiting until the piercing stretches on its own.
"I am planning to stretch my earlobes.”
Plugs, eyelets, flesh tunnels, pincers, and weights are types of jewellery that can be worn in a stretched piercings. There are other names for different types of hanging designs, none of which include the word “gauges.”
"I can’t wait to buy a new pair of plugs!”
Stretched is the proper way to refer to a piercing that has been increased in size.
"I love your stretched lobes.”