[Ads-l] ink pen

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 15 22:42:48 UTC 2021

I don't see an anachronism. Rather, I see a conjoined phrase without proper
punctuation. See my editing of Amy's quote, below.

On Tue, Dec 14, 2021, 7:55 AM Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com> wrote:

> So, I've always understood the use of "ink pen" to be typical in
> varieties of American English with the PEN-PIN merger. But here's an
> instance of "ink pen" contrasting with quill:
> https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/ink-pen-0016179
> "An archaeologist excavating at an 11th century ringfort in Ireland has
> unearthed the oldest ink pen ever discovered in Ireland. . . . The ink pen
> features a hollowed bone barrel and a copper-alloy nib."
> Disturbingly, the article author implies that fountain pens existed in the
> 11th century:
> "Dip pens have no ink reservoir within the barrel, unlike the

*[*fountain pens*]*


*[*feather quills <
> https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-evolution-human-origins/native-american-art-0010736>
> that were much more popular in the 11th century*]*."

That simply ain't so. There were the prototypes in its development from the
> 15th-18th century, but it wasn't until the 19th c. that fountain pens
> became popular.
> (And FYI, quill pens would have all or all but the top-most feathers
> stripped from them.)
> ---Amy West
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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