Chenille stems vs pipe cleaners

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  1. Alaskanteach

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    Why are they called chenille stems now? I searched and searched on ebay this summer for pipe cleaners, and couldn't figure out why I couldn't find any..

    Is it because of "paraphenalia" (spelling?) innuendo or something? That was my guess.. I have an opening class project with them, and am sure I will "slip up" with the name.. I just want to make sure that I understand the reason.. maybe I will remember it better.. (they were called "Pipe cleaners" when I was a kid..):thanks:
     
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    I would think so. Though I never thought about the "change" before. I still call them pipe cleaners.
     
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    i had no idea the name was changed!

    well, as a creature of habit, they will forever be, "those things, you know, the pipe cleaner things"
     
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    yeah, at first I thought, maybe it is an ebay thing, but then I took a class this summer that used them, and I listened intently, and they were definately referred to as chenille stems every time.. my instructors were from California.
     
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    I think they're called chenille stems in part because some of them (the sparkly holiday ones) would be worse than worthless for cleaning pipes. There might be some political correctness too; but chances are that if you pop into a smoke shop you could still find pipecleaners that really ARE for cleaning pipes, and they're going to look very, very different.
     
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    I still call them pipe cleaners, although I bought some at Michael's the other day and did notice they were all labeled as chenille stems. Probably because they are not really used for cleaning pipes.
     
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    I always heard it was because calling them "pipe cleaners" encouraged smoking. It shows how smart I am--when I heard "pipe" cleaners, I thought it was like sink-pipes. It didn't even occur to me they meant the kind you smoke. You know, you aren't supposed to call "dice" by that name anymore, because it encourages gambling - they are "number cubes" now. Like my Kindergartners would take up pipe smoking or gambling because of the names we use? It's so ridiculous!
     
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    How interesting, I didn't know that! I had a professor in college that refused to call bullets on a paper by that name, she said it subconcsiously encouraged violence.. she called them "dots".. she also "fed two birds with one year of corn.."
     

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