Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 18 05:17:38 UTC 2012

On Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
> "peen"

Does anyone else recall "[ball]pein [hammer]" as the preferred
spelling of the "Sears 'n' Roebuck" - as we referred to it, down home
- catalogue? At one time, I considered _peen_ to be a dumbing-down.
However, I've been neutral on that point for dekkids, now.

(I was going to make up some asinine joke about ballpeen hammers.
Fortunately, I read the article first. Youneverknow.)

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

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