Date: Tue, 12 Apr 1994 23:00:57 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: ink pen Like me, Don Lance is a Valley Boy. To clarify my earlier note, I have never used "ink pen" either, like Don using "fountain pen". However, I remember very vividly making up my own private mnemonic in first grade (in those ancient days, most kids did not learn to read at the age of 2), that was what you write with, and was what you could stick someone with. So when I first encountered "ink pen" in East Texas, it seemed a perfectly natural label which neatly disambiguated the two. The times I have heard it from Southerners and South Midlanders (if such exist), it has been a seemingly normal label, not a stressed disambiguator. The first time my New Jersey- origin colleague here heard it, he interpreted it as an attempt to distinguish a fountain pen from a ball-point pen. --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]