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Teddy vs doll

Is a teddy a doll or vice versa?

A teddy is subset of doll.
A doll is a subset of teddy.
Dolls and teddies are the same thing.
Dolls and (stuffed) teddies are non-overlapping categories.
It's a "teddy bear", not a "teddy".
Other, to be explained in the comments.

Apropos of a conversation with C this evening.



Oct. 7th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)
Teddies represent animals, usually anthropomorphic, and have to be made of soft materials. Dolls represent humans and humanoids, and can be made of hard or soft materials.

I could conceive of a hybrid: it would have to be soft (to fit the teddy criteria) and represent an alien or mythological creature that had both human and non-human characteristics, but I'm not sure I've ever seen such a thing.

I could see the argument for e.g. a My Little Pony being a doll, because it's sort of in the same category of things, and clearly not a teddy because not soft, but I wouldn't refer to it in that way.