A nametag fad in America has historical roots. Lanyards, used to hang one’s professional name badge, are seen in various colors around hospitals, offices, and universities. Some lanyards are even artistically designed as single custom lanyards resembling jewelry more than functionality, such as beaded lanyards for badges. These trendy accessories have a rich history that includes military figures and even pirates, Johnny Depp excluded.
In history, a lanyard served many purposes. Merriam Webster Online Dictionary offers several definitions of lanyard none of which mention name badges. According to Merriam Webster lanyards are 1. A piece of rope or line used for fastening something in a ship. 2. A cord or strap to hold something like a knife or whistle and usually worn around the neck or a cord worn as a symbol of military citation. 3. A strong line used to activate a system namely to fire a cannon. The first known use of the word lanyard is documented in the fifteenth century.
Historically a lanyard was indeed functional and was used to keep an important item close by such as a gun or knife as in the case of pirate weapon. It is assumed these early uses of lanyards were used commonly for weapons. The origin of the word is Middle English lanyer meaning thong and is from the Anglo-French laniĕr which translated means a strap apparatus. The French military used lanyards to connect a pistol, sword, or whistle to a uniform.
Later lanyards became a decorative item for military garb and were made with braided brightly colored fabrics signifying various accomplishments or statuses. Even United States Soldiers wear braided lanyards, now known as fourrageres, when authorized. These lanyards are worn on the left shoulder and signify a soldier’s duty specialty.
Coaches kept the lanyard in use in America, but the functionality and accessibility makes a lanyard a popular instrument for electronics, glasses, keys, and, namely, professional badges.
Today lanyards are primarily made of polyester but commonly include silk, nylon, or braided paracord. Professionals seeking individuality look for custom lanyards with no minimum order primarily online. Some professionals prefer breakaway lanyards which are manufactured with a quick-release clasp that opens easily to eliminate the risk of choking. Lanyard suppliers encourage the break-away variety for nurses, child-care workers, or lanyards used promotionally for children.
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