Date: Tue, 12 Apr 1994 20:51:23 CDT From: "Donald M. Lance" 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. DMLance