Date: Wed, 13 Apr 1994 12:38:30 -0500 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Unscientific Survey re "ink pen" On a whim this morning I asked students in three different classes whether they used the term "ink pen" and found that approximately 50% of them did. The majority of the students in the classes are native Mississippians and are of typical college age. In one of the classes an older student (probably late 30s or early 40s) said that she used to say "ink pen" but doesn't anymore. Another student in that class said that she doesn't use it but has heard it from "older people." In a different class a much older student (probably late 60s, maybe early 70s) said that she's never used it but remembers it from parents and grandparents. One other interesting unsolicited comment was in the third class. When I first asked the question (whether they use the term), one girl said, "It depends." When I asked her what she meant by that, she said, "If it's clear what kind of pen I'm talking about, I just say 'pen'; if it might not be clear, I say 'ink pen' to make it clear that I'm not talking about a 'sticking pin.'" --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]