pen vs pin : Common Errors in English

About pen vs pin

In the dialect of many Texans and some of their neighbors “pen” is pronounced almost exactly like “pin.” When speaking to an audience outside this zone, it’s worth learning to make the distinction to avoid confusion.

pen Meaning(s)

  • (n) a writing implement with a point from which ink flows
  • (n) an enclosure for confining livestock
  • (n) a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play
  • (n) a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes
  • (n) female swan
  • (v) produce a literary work

pin Meaning(s)

  • (n) a piece of jewelry that is pinned onto the wearer's garment
  • (n) when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat
  • (n) small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.
  • (n) a number you choose and use to gain access to various accounts
  • (n) informal terms for the leg
  • (n) axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns
  • (n) cylindrical tumblers consisting of two parts that are held in place by springs; when they are aligned with a key the bolt can be thrown
  • (n) flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green
  • (n) a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things
  • (n) a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing
  • (n) a club-shaped wooden object used in bowling; set up in triangular groups of ten as the target
  • (v) to hold fast or prevent from moving
  • (v) attach or fasten with pins or as if with pins
  • (v) pierce with a pin
  • (v) immobilize a piece

pen in News

  1. ‘Buffy’ Writer To Pen ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon has been tapped to pen MGM’s upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. The details of the plot are still being worked out, but the film will most likely follow Lara Croft on one of her international adventures. Whether the heroine will parallel her video game counterpart remains to be seen. Lara was played [...] ‘Buffy’ Writer To Pen ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot is a post ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Inquisitr

  2. Southampton fourth graders brunch with pen pals

    FOURTH GRADERS from Southampton School No. 2 have been writing to adult pen pals all year. The students met their pen pals in person for the first time during a May 22 brunch supplied by Zallie’s ShopRite in Medford. Pictured are Grace Garey, a student in Lois Forrest’s class, with pen pal Jeanne Traino, and Aaron Frier, a student in Donna Banes’ class, with pen pal Alan Beyer.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Medford Central Record

  3. PEN Canada concerned by metadata surveillance

    TORONTO, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ - PEN Canada is seriously concerned by recent media reports which indicate that the government of Canada has continued to monitor the phone calls and online activity of Canadian ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

pin in News

  1. Retro lingerie

    American pin-up Bettie Page, Playboy playmate of the month for January 1955, poses for a glamour shoot, 1950s. A photo taken on November 27, 1964 shows Swiss actress Ursula Andress during the filming of "What's new Pussicat" directed by Clive Donner, at the Boulogne's Studio, near Paris.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Greenwich Time

  2. Toccoa DAR new pin honors centennial

    The Georgia Division and General of the United Daughters of the Confederacy® approved the design of the commemorative centennial pin made by the Pamela Wright Collections of Dallas, Texas, for the members of the Toccoa Chapter No. 1294 in Toccoa.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Anderson Independent-Mail

  3. Launches Window Décor Pinterest Cash Giveaway with ‘Pin Week’

    Pinterest users share window coverings to win – “Pin Week” giveaways include $100 daily cash prizes and $500 Levolor gift card. (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PRWeb

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