pacifier, soother, comforter, dummy.....


Senior Member
Israel - (Fluent Hebrew and English), Passable French, Horrid German
Hmm, someone asked me what's the baby word for pacifier, I told her the term I'm familiar with is pacifier, but I'm sure you wouldn't say "do you want your pacifier" to a toddler....any ideas?
  • whatonearth

    Senior Member
    UK, English
    "pacifier" is the AE term for "dummy" (BE). A dummy/pacifier is a small plastic teet-shaped thing that babies suck when they are teething.

    Kelly B

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Oh, there are many. It's family-specific in the US.
    Nukky-from a brand name; unfortunately, this is also a silly nickname for sex; binky-although some people use that for blanket; dummy-but this can also be an epithet for "stupid"; passy-spelling it paccy looks funny.


    Senior Member
    English, United States
    Kelly: Yes, I was just about to say the exact same thing.

    In the US, it varies by family. I suppose it's whatever the baby can pronounce. :D

    I've heard passy, nuky/nookie, nuk-nuk.


    Occasional Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    I thought this thread was about the Colt 45.
    I have never heard of these objects being called pacifiers.
    Around here the word used is dummy - and very often do-do.


    Senior Member
    A neighbor. long ago, had a nanny from an unnamed country. Said nanny was determined to master English. She refused to use baby talk with the neighbor's child, who thus was offered the object this way: Would Edward like his rubber nipple now?


    Senior Member
    Southern AE greatly modified by a 1st-generation Scottish-American mother, and growing up abroad.
    panjandrum said:
    I thought this thread was about the Colt 45.
    You sure you weren't thinking of "equalizer?" Oh wait, it just came to me-- the Peacemaker. And I'm sitting here explaining a bit of your wordplay.

    Never mind.

    Yes, pacifier is very well-established in AE, it's the default term. Why in the hell can't people just let their babies cry themselves out now and then? It's like getting the RPMs up and blasting the crud out of their cylinders.


    Senior Member
    Israel - (Fluent Hebrew and English), Passable French, Horrid German
    Ahh righto! Thank you all for your replies. So basically to sum it up, in the US it varies from family to family, but in Britain it's mostly dummy.

    Thanks again!

    Football Taxis

    Senior Member
    Midwestern American English
    pacifier is a generic American term, whereas dummy is British, and soother is Canadian. there are gobs of nicknames for it--binkey, numnum, etc etc etc....

    Song Sprite

    Senior Member
    English, Canada
    Hey all,

    There seem to be many words for this object! What do you call it in your corner of the globe?

    Around here (Abbotsford, BC, Canada) we call it a 'soother' if it's shaped like a nipple, or a teething ring if it's ring-shaped... I think my grandmother calls it a pacifier, is that representative of southern BE?


    Senior Member
    UK English
    British people don't call it anything other than a dummy.

    (as I said, usually when I make comments like these, a pedantic user will post that they are British and use something else, when they know fully that 99.9999% people call it a dummy)

    99 people out of 100 I can say with confidence call it a dummy, probably more.

    Orange Blossom

    Senior Member
    U.S.A. English
    We called it a (I don't know how to spell this.) tootcher. The u sounds like the oo in foot. I think it is a low German word, or an Anglicised low German word. I heard someone else call it a boober. I've also heard "dry cow".

    Pacifier is the generic term that I am familiar with.

    Orange Blossom
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