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Thread #75102   Message #1315811
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
03-Nov-04 - 07:43 PM
Thread Name: Wee pen knife
Subject: RE: Wee pen knife
An interesting idea, but we are certainly talking about "a wee pen knife"; nothing more, nothing less. It is a commonplace of ballad phraseology, and that's all there is to it. No mystery, nothing to explain or rationalise.