Date: Tue, 12 Apr 1994 20:51:23 CDT
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: ink pen
I don't make the pen/pin distinction, but I don't say "ink pen".
Discussions of "ink pen" and "sticking pin" have suggested that teachers
have prompted students to say "ink pen" even though no kid would ordinarily
ask for a "sticking pin" in class. I don't recall any of my teachers
engaging in dialect harrassment by insisting that we say "ink pen" to make
sure we weren't asking for sticking pins.
It's also possible -- more likely -- that manufacturers sold ink pens with
the two words written on the box. The term I grew up using was "fountain
pen." A little foray into comercial language might yield useful info.