Birthday party thing

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Birthday party thing

Post by Stevenloan » Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:19 pm

Hi you guys! What do you call the things that the students blow in the following picture ? You can click to enlarge the picture.

http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-indian ... 54606.html

Thanks so much!

StevenLoan
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Re: Birthday party thing

Post by trolley » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:05 pm

Those type of things fall under the larger heading of "party favours", along with streamers, hats, horns, goodie-bags, noise-makers, etc. (at least, in my world). I never really thought about what those particular ones were called but a little Googling shows them as "party blowers" or "party blowouts".
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Re: Birthday party thing

Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:55 pm

See this Wikipedia page for an article about the type of object you want to describe. It comments:
"The item is not known consistently by any term in English, also being known by a number of local variations, neologisms, and individual terms, often containing variants and synonyms of blowing (puffing, blow-out etc.) and noise (whistle, squeak etc.)

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Names for such items, which make a sound as a direct result of blowing or puffing, include:

party horn, party blower, screamer, tweeter, squeaker, noisemaker, mouth-extender, kazoo strip and noise machine."
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Re: Birthday party thing

Post by trolley » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:10 pm

Steve, don't expect that anyone in the room will know what you mean if you go with Wiki's suggestion of calling it a "mouth- extender". Seriously?
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Re: Birthday party thing

Post by Stevenloan » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:49 am

trolley and Erik : Thank you two very much.
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