fountain pen


Definition of fountain pen

: a pen containing an ink reservoir that automatically feeds a metal writing point The fountain pen—which hasn't been a necessary tool of daily life since the ballpoint pen was invented in 1938—has become not only a prestige possession but also a defiant symbol of antitechnology sentiments.— Heidi Ellison

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There's something weirdly intentional about using a fountain pen. Ross Mccammon, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the $2 Pen That Got Me into Fountain Pens," 5 Dec. 2018 And then there’s his miscellaneous scandals, which included spending $1,500 taxpayer dollars on fountain pens and $43,000 on a soundproof booth. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Scott Pruitt Is Gone. His Assault on the Environment Continues.," 5 July 2018 The $130 fountain pens Pruitt's expensive taste extends to writing implements. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Scott Pruitt’s abuses of power, ranked," 7 June 2018 Millions of dollars earmarked for UAW worker training was spent on unauthorized purchases including a $365,000 red Ferrari, two solid gold fountain pens valued at $35,700, a pool and outdoor spa at Iacobelli's mansion. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Top UAW official Gary Casteel withdraws bid months before big election," 16 Apr. 2018 German and Swiss engineering combined here for something special: The Montblanc x BMW Meisterstück fountain pen is hand-made, with a 14-carat gold nib and rhodium-plated inlay in the black-resin body. Fortune, "The Best Non-Car Stuff to Buy From Bentley, Porsche, and BMW," 7 Apr. 2018 Customers can personalize their very own shade of ink for their fountain pens. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "A Guide to the Cutest, Coolest, and Craziest Stationary in Tokyo," 19 Mar. 2018 What puzzles Nelson to this day, however, is why Johnson chose a mechanical pencil instead of the common fountain pen. Emily Lincke, Houston Chronicle, "Meyerland resident cherishes keepsake received from Lyndon B. Johnson in 1959," 15 Jan. 2018 No one is standing at a podium, waving a fountain pen and pledging to put them back to work. Mackenzie Lewis Kassab, Glamour, "The Real American Job Crisis Isn’t in Coal Mines, It's At the Mall: 6 Unemployed Retail Workers Reflect," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of fountain pen

1710, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fountain pen

: a pen with ink inside that flows to a special metal tip (called a nib)

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Kids Definition of fountain pen

: a pen with ink inside that is fed as needed to the writing point

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