pin number vs pin : Common Errors in English

pin number or pin

Those who object to “PIN number” on the grounds that the N in “PIN”stands for “number” in the phrase “personal identification number” arequite right, but it may be difficult to get people to say anything else.“PIN” was invented to meet the objection that a “password” consisting ofnothing but numbers is not a word. Pronouncing each letter of theacronym as “P-I-N” blunts its efficiency. Saying just “PIN” reminds usof another common English word, though few people are likely to thinkwhen they are told to “enter PIN” that they should shove a steel pininto the terminal they are operating. In writing, anyway, PIN isunambiguous and should be used without the redundant “number.”The same goes for “VIN number”; “VIN” stands for “Vehicle IdentificationNumber.” And “UPC code” is redundant because “UPC’stands for “UniversalProduct Code.”

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  • n  a number you choose and use to gain access to various accounts

  • 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
    The child was pinned under the fallen tree
  • v  attach or fasten with pins or as if with pins
    pin the needle to the shirt". "pin the blame on the innocent man
  • v  pierce with a pin
    pin down the butterfly
  • v  immobilize a piece
News & Articles

  • Westport police search for suspects in armed robbery
    The Westport Police Department is searching for four people allegedly robbed a man of his money and tried to get his PIN numbers from him early Wednesday morning.
    June 19, 2013 - Eyewitness News 3 Hartford
  • Be smart when choosing PIN
    South Florida is the top U.S. metro area for identity theft and one way to avoid becoming a victim is to chose your PIN number wisely for financial accounts.        
    June 7, 2013 - Sun-Sentinel

  • 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.
    June 13, 2013 - Greenwich Time
  • 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.
    June 12, 2013 - Anderson Independent-Mail
  • 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
    June 12, 2013 - PRWeb