If I'm not wrong, the girl shown in the picture below is called 'majorette', a girl who entertains the audience at football games with their spectacular performances, or something similar. I don't know.

However, what are the things indicated by the red arrows called?

I try to search something, but I didn't have luck.

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    I see majorettes swirl a baton. the above is more likely a cheerleader
    – mplungjan
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 15:33
  • Where in the world did you find that image? Did you draw it?
    – terdon
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 16:53
  • @terdon, yes. I'm writing an illustrated fiction narrating of a girl who want to become a majorette.
    – user51029
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 17:09
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    Well, that's one hell of an expressive face on your cheerleader! Well done :).
    – terdon
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 17:25
  • @mplungjan: I would say "twirl" rather than "swirl". Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 2:48

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I think they're called pom poms.

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    Purists will say pompons.
    – GEdgar
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 15:26
  • @GEdgar - I suppose that is a burden they'll have to bear :) Most examples I could find online give the "m" version first which seems to indicate that this variant is most common now.
    – tinyd
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 15:30
  • books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – mplungjan
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 15:31
  • @mplungjan - Interesting! I hadn't really been aware of the "n" version but then it's not something that you see written down that often and in speech it's very hard to tell the difference.
    – tinyd
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 15:43
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    I completely agree which is why I posted it :)
    – mplungjan
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 15:47

That's not a majorette, that's a cheerleader. There's a difference. I shall not explain, but see Wikipedia on this. The main difference is the pom poms that the girl in the drawing is holding.

That's what those are called (pom po*n*s? what are you people smoking?).

Yes, I'm late with this answer, but I had to do something about the majorette thing.

I can't help commenting further that "majorette" is the feminine version of the title "drum major", which refers to a man (or these days a woman, too) who leads a marching band. The majorette provides not direction but entertainment, twirling devices similar to that which a major uses to help convey signals.

  • Smoking? Look here for the "n". This should not surprise you: -on is a common augmentative in Romance languages: carton (fr) = strong paper (carta in Italian), porcão (pt) is a large pig, bigotón (es): large mustache, etc. Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 16:22
  • It was a joke, sorry @AlainPannetierΦ. Never had heard of the "n" variety before, and it seemed reasonable enough, but I couldn't resist bringing out what I, at least, thought was a funny. I'm sure you don't smoke anything. Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 16:35
  • I probably did not get the joke :) in your otherwise good answer. Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 16:39
  • LOL I saw that comment in the inbox, whoever it was who made it then deleted it, about the "herbalist" and smoking! You should have left it in place; it contributed more humor to the general atmosphere and was thus worthy! Don't worry, I don't get offended easily, and anyway I am "Cyberherbalist" because I once had a medicinal herb website (kind of like a Wikipedia for herbal medicine). There is a "cyberherbalist.com" domain that I coined the term for, and it used to belong to me, but I let it go accidentally. Sigh. Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 17:02
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    'Twas me and I removed it because irrelevancies in the comments are frowned upon by the powers that be. I am also not someone who would be insulted by the accusation of smoking something so I figured I shouldn't fan the flames :).
    – terdon
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 17:24

These are called "Cheer Pompons".

For images, please view this link : https://www.google.co.in/search?biw=1366&bih=667&tbm=isch&q=cheer+pompons&revid=435032081

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