Date: Tue, 12 Apr 1994 21:01:11 -700 From: Keith Russell 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." Keith Russell wkr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]