Last edited by Cagey; 6th December 2012 at 6:49 PM. Reason: separate jpg links.
These are 'clothes pins.'
The one statement that sums up my life is: "I don't get it..."
I call them clothes pegs.
Thank you very much.
Is picture 01 the binder clip? I have just found this word in Wikipedia.
Clamps look more like the pictures on this page:
The first picture shows a binder clip (used to hold a sheaf of papers); the second and third pictures show clothespins, used to hold clothing to a hanger or clothesline.
I'm not clear what you are referring to as 'paper clippers'. I do not know of any such term. There are [finger- and toe-] nail clippers, but not paper clippers, as far as I am aware.
This is a paper clip.
Do you never call them 'bulldog clips' in AE? (I appreciate that it has a peculiarly BrE ring to it).
According to some of the office supply websites, number one is indeed a binder clip. Picture two is simply a spring clip (general purpose). Three is a plastic spring clothes-pin (AE) or (clothes-peg in BE although I have always associated that word with the non-spring type). All are useful for other purposes than their names imply.
(Bulldog clip may be a brand name that has become generic in BE.)
Further research: Bulldog clip is indeed a BE brand name for a slightly different type of paper clamping device: see Wiki Article.
--Pete (get those ages in your profiles; they help us sneer at each other for being too old or too young to understand.)
Each of the three pictures shows a different type of fastener.
If the original question means:
'What is the generic term which includes these three items, but is more specific than 'fasteners'?'
then the answer is 'clips'.
Last edited by wandle; 7th December 2012 at 5:46 AM.
Thank you all for your great help. You have solved my longstanding question.