staple [stey-puh l]
a short piece of wire bent so as to bind together papers, sections of a book, or the like, by driving the ends through the sheets and clinching them on the other side.
a similar, often U -shaped piece of wire or metal with pointed ends for driving into a surface to holda hasp, hook, pin, bolt, wire, or the like.
verb (used with object), sta·pled, sta·pling.
to secure or fasten by a staple or staples
Staples have been around for a looong time. However the basic home stapler and staples as we know them were thought up in 1877 by Henry Heyl (US Patent No. 195,603). Staples and staplers have become commonplace in our lives, even making appearances in movies where a red Swingline stapler plays an important role in the movie.
Staples have may uses in our homes and offices. They are used all the time to keep pieces of paper together that need to be kept together, such as receipts or various support documents for a court case and so on. They are generally a good thing.
EXCEPT when people use 12 staples on a 13 sheet packet! As a printer, there is almost no job worse than a legal copy job. What those are is when a law firm brings in a bankers box or some such thing loaded with file folders of crap, and they need a copy of it for their case. When doing legal copy work you need to separate the originals, make a copy, then make both the copy and the original look like they did before you started, so staple everything back together. A very time consuming job, and one that I charge a ton of money to do. Money that eventually gets billed back to you, the client.So, we open said crap and the first folder contains paid electric and gas bills. So you have the bill, and attached to it might be a copy of the check. Or the bill itself is 2 or 3 pages, so they are stapled together. The next folder has investment account information. You have a cover sheet saying where it is from, then several sheets after with that particular accounts information on it all stapled together. Then you have the NEXT months statement, only this one has about 4 staples on it. You had the original several sheets stapled together, then there was an additional sheet stapled to the back of the packet, then 2 more sheets stapled to the back of that. Then another packet of 3 sheets that was already stapled together was stapled to the back of the packet, so you almost missed THAT staple when you tried to make your copies. The next box contains copies of all the motions you have already filed, with receipt and responses stapled onto it like a never-ending chain.
People, stop abusing staples. It is laziness to just staple another sheet to the back of an already stapled document. You make it harder to have copies made should you ever need them (and I charge you A LOT to undo all those staples and put them back together). You also damage the sheets with each new set of holes and increase the likelihood that they will be damaged more when the staples are removed. Stop staple abuse now, before it’s too late.