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A lanyard is a cord or strap worn around the neck, shoulder, or wrist to carry such items as keys or identification cards.[1] In the military, lanyards were used to fire an artillery piece or arm the fuze mechanism on an air-dropped bomb by pulling out a cotter pin (thereby starting the arming delay) when it leaves the aircraft. They are also used to attach a pistol to a body so that it can be dropped without being lost. [2] Aboard a ship, it may refer to a piece of rigging used to secure or lower objects.[1]

Contents

1 Origins 2 Styles and materials

2.1 Common styles 2.2 Accessory for electronics 2.3 Badge or identification holder 2.4 Safety strap 2.5 Lineman lanyards 2.6 Uniform accessories

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Origins[edit]

Whistle
Whistle
with lanyard

The earliest references to lanyards date from 15th century France: "lanière" was a thong or strap apparatus.[3] In the French military, lanyards were used to connect a pistol, sword or whistle (for signalling) to a uniform semi-permanently. Lanyards were used by cavalry and naval officers at sea. A pistol lanyard can be easily removed and reattached by the user, but will stay connected to the pistol whether it is drawn or in a holster. In the 1966 Spaghetti Western The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, one of the main characters, Tuco Ramirez, carries his pistol on a rope cord lanyard. Eli Wallach, the actor who played the part of Tuco, reportedly told director Sergio Leone that it was too difficult to put a pistol into a holster without looking, so Leone put Wallach's pistol on a lanyard.[4] In the military, lanyards of various colour combinations and braid patterns are worn on the shoulders of uniforms to denote the wearer's qualification or regimental affiliation.[5] In horse regiments, lanyards were worn on the left, enabling a rider to pull a whistle from the left tunic pocket and maintain communication with his troop. Members of the British Royal Artillery
Royal Artillery
wear a lanyard which originally held a key for adjusting the fuzes of explosive shells.[6] Styles and materials[edit] The style, design or material used will vary depending on end-purpose of the lanyard. Lanyard
Lanyard
materials include polyester, nylon, satin, silk, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), braided leather or braided paracord. Common styles[edit]

Polyester
Polyester
imprinted lanyards Nylon
Nylon
imprinted lanyards Tube imprinted lanyards Dye-sublimated lanyards or full-color lanyards

Accessory for electronics[edit]

A USB flash drive
USB flash drive
with a branded lanyard. Another feature is the black plastic part. This is a predetermined and reattachable breaking point. It is meant to prevent accidental strangulation when the lanyard is worn around the neck.

Lanyards are widely used with small electronic devices such as cameras, MP3 players
MP3 players
and USB flash drives to prevent loss or dropping. Electronics designed to take a lanyard usually have a small through-hole built into a corner or edge of the case or anchored to the frame of the device; the corresponding lanyard generally has a loop of thread on the end that is attached to that hole with a simple knot, usually a cow hitch. Some earphones incorporate the audio signal into the lanyard, meaning it doubles up as headphone cords as well. The Wii Remote
Wii Remote
wrist strap is a form of lanyard, keeping the device attached to a player's arm during the often vigorous movements involved in its use. Badge or identification holder[edit] Lanyards are commonly used to display badges, tickets or ID cards for identification where security is required, such as businesses, corporations, hospitals, prisons, conventions, trade fairs, and backstage passes used in the entertainment industry. Such lanyards are often made of braided or woven fabric or split with a clip attached to the end. A plastic pouch or badge holder with at least one clear side is attached to the lanyard with the person's name badge or ID card. Occasionally, small items like business cards, pens or tools can be placed behind the badge for easy access. Lanyards can also be used as keychains, particularly in situations where keys can easily be lost, such as gyms, public pools and communal showers. In these cases, lanyards may be customized with the related name and/or logo of the event, business, or organization. Lanyards can feature a variety of customization techniques including screen-printing, Jacquard loom
Jacquard loom
weaving, heat transfer, and offset printing. Safety strap[edit] Lanyards are also often attached to dead man's switches or "kill switches" on dangerous machinery, such as large industrial cutting or slicing machines; on vehicles, such as jet-skis or trains; and on exercise treadmills, so that if the operator suddenly becomes incapacitated, their fall will pull on the lanyard attached to their wrist, which will then pull the switch to immediately stop the machine or vehicle. Some law enforcement officers and members of the military utilize specialized lanyards to keep sidearms from falling to the ground during missions.[7] Many ID card
ID card
lanyards have a built-in feature known as a "breakaway" closure. Breakaway lanyards release when pulled or when pressure is applied. This prevents choking or hanging. Lanyards with a breakaway feature are most often used in hospitals and healthcare clinics, schools, nursing homes, child care facilities, or factories that require employees to operate machinery. Lineman lanyards[edit] Lineman lanyards are used by lineman utility and other workers to prevent falls, although similar straps are also used recreationally by mountain climbers. This type of lanyard will have a section of heavy-duty nylon strapping attached to a metal ring or carabiner which tightens around an attachment point. The strap may be a fixed length or adjustable, and will attach to the wearer to support them against a fixed object or pole.[3] Uniform accessories[edit] Certain lanyards are still worn on uniforms as decorations. Among these are the Orange Lanyard
Lanyard
in the Military William Order
Military William Order
of the Netherlands, and the German Armed Forces Badge of Marksmanship. See also[edit]

Access badge Halyard Rope splicing

References[edit]

^ a b "lanyard lan-yrd." Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004. Credo Reference. Web. 1 October 2012. ^ "firing lanyard." McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003. Credo Reference. Web. 1 October 2012. ^ a b "Overview of the Historical Use of Lanyards". Retrieved 23 March 2012.  ^ The Duel from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly on YouTube[dead link] ^ "lanyard." The Macquarie Dictionary. South Yarra: The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd., 2005. Credo Reference. Web. 1 October 2012. ^ "History and Traditions of the Royal Artillery". The Garrison. Retrieved 2013-11-19.  ^ "No Gear Left Behind". Tactical Gear News. 2011-04-06. 

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