Date: Wed, 13 Apr 1994 05:32:11 -0500

From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU

Subject: Re: ink pen

No need to dispair totally. Synchrony can be separated from

Diachrony. A few Missouri folk did wander up to the Dakotas, and though

Speaking of diachrony, I started to mention yesterday that "ink pen" seems

to be fading away. I remember hearing it fairly often as a child -- mainly

from other children in school. I don't think I hear it much anymore.

And I still think there may be a connection between "ink pen" and the

pin/pen homophony. I've thought that for many years. The kinds of

[pInz] are "safety pins," "straight pins," and "ink pens." It's just

that some of us let context make clear which kind of [pIn] we're talking


--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]