Date: Wed, 13 Apr 1994 17:40:54 -0700 From: THOMAS L CLARK Subject: Re: ink pen I checked with those who listen most to my speech and heard something interesting. I sometimes ask for a pen, sometimes for a ball-point. But to no one's recollection do I ask for a ball-point pen. I recall using ball-point as an adolescent (from [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] seventh grade), but am pretty sure I never used "fountain" for fountain pen. After about the sixth grade, we weren't allowed to have fountain pens (1947 or 48). WWII had pretty much made the ball-point ubiquitous. This was in Montana. Cheers, tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]