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

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Wed Dec 15 17:43:02 UTC 2021

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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