Date: Tue, 12 Apr 1994 21:01:11 -700
From: Keith Russell wkr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]US.DYNIX.COM
Subject: Re: ink pen
Thirty years ago, I knew a young man from Idaho, who habitually used "ink
pen" for what, to me (having grown up in Alberta), was just a "pen." I
razzed him constantly, and he insisted that the term was necessary to
distinguish between the various types of writing instruments.
In his dialect, the pronunciations of "pin" and "pen" were certainly
distinct; he did not use "ink pen" to distinguish it from a "pin."
wkr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]us.dynix.com