[Ads-l] ***UNCHECKED*** Re: ADS-L Digest - 13 Dec 2021 to 14 Dec 2021 (#2021-177)

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 15 17:30:19 EST 2021


Did they even HAVE metal pens then?

MAM


On Wed, Dec 15, 2021, 12:43 PM Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com> wrote:

> On 12/15/21 00:00, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> > Date:    Tue, 14 Dec 2021 10:39:57 -0500
> > From:    Laurence Horn<laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> > Subject: Re: ink pen
> >
> > Nice.  So, parallel to "straight pin", which serves as a disambiguator in
> > pin/pen merger country and also retronymically distinguishes (straight)
> > pins from safety pins.
> >
> > LH
>
> Yep. And re: John Lighter's response re: "lead pencil," there was a nice
> segment on Grant's show recently about the use of "pencil colors" (IIRC) in
> LA, instead of the more typical "colored pencils."
>
> In the period, I'm not sure if there was a terminological
> distinction/disambiguation between a metal pen and a quill pen in
> Anglo-Saxon/Old English.
>
> ---Amy West
>
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