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pens (was Phoneme winnowing continues)

From:Stone Gordonssen <stonegordonssen@...>
Date:Saturday, June 7, 2003, 14:27
>I've never heard "biro" and "ballpoint pen" I've heard, but not very >often. > >I normally just say "pen" anyways, and think nothing of the homphony >with "pin".
I've never heard "biro", but grew up saying "ballpoint" or "ballpoint pen" to differentiate them from "ink pen" or "fountain pens", the latter of which was still a part of the writing arsenal in my parents' household. Somewhere along the years, for me: "ballpoint" has become "pen", "razor point" has been added, and "ink pen" has become "nib" (even though this actually should refers to just the copper or steel point). BTW, for me, the writing emplement "pen" is [pEn] - rhymes with "pet", but the enclosure for animals "pen" is [pIn], rhymes with "pit". _________________________________________________________________ STOP MORE SPAM with the new MSN 8 and get 2 months FREE*


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