If you’re a parent or a grandparent, you know what I’m talking about:
The binky, that thingie that seemingly calms the infant, the squirmer, the squaller, for a while at least….
You probably don’t know how it got its name.
Originally called a “baby comforter,” the pacifier as we know it was invented in 1901 to replace the rags, wooden beads, and “gum sticks” made of stone, bone or coral, all the stuff that anxious parents had been using since at least the 16th century.
In the 1940s, a very popular brand was manufactured by the Binky Baby Products Company of New York, and….you guessed it….
By the way, some experts advise that you stop binky-fying your child at the age of 3.