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Thread #75102   Message #1315226
Posted By: Scabby Douglas
03-Nov-04 - 10:33 AM
Thread Name: Wee pen knife
Subject: RE: Wee pen knife
"wee pen knife" or "little pen knife"
occur in numerous songs - "The Cruel Mother".

I can't help feeling that it's unlikely to have been transformed in *all* variants of songs into "wee pen knife" from "weapon knife".

In any case, I rather suspect that the point of describing it as a "pen knife" is to emphasise that it is not an offensive weapon but a small and not-usually-dangerous utensil.

I think that "pocket knife" occurs in other songs.

Other opinions

Thankfully, I am unburdened by having to change knife to kn*fe.