Why are pinking shears called pinking shears? Where did the term originate?
- sd3rLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
pink from middle English, 'pynken', meaning to pierce or prick.
- MajLv 61 decade ago
This is an interesting question ! Here is what I found in different spots on the net: Pinking means to decorate with a perforated pattern - cut in zigzag
Middle English pingen, pinken, to push, prick, from Old English pyngan, from Latin pungere;
Louise Austin of Whatcom, Washington, received United States patent number 489,406 on January 3, 1893 for "Pinking shears." The patent describes how "pinking scissors or shears" are superior to the existing tools at the time, "pinking irons" and "pinking cutters." The operation of the shears are described as "pinking" or "scalloping..
Benjamin Luscalzo, of Chicago, Illinois, received United States patent number 2600036 on June 10, 1952 for his improvements to "pinking shears".Source(s): Curiosity - searched here and there on the web
- Bad Kitty!Lv 71 decade ago
The word "pink" means "pierce, stab, or make holes in," and comes from the Roman stem, "pinc-", and Latin, "pungere", meaning to pierce or prick.
Originally used in the early 1300's, the similar word in French is "piquer" and in Spanish, "picar."
This use of the word pink survives mainly in "pinking shears." I can't think of any other way it's used except for, of course, the color.
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- Anonymous6 years ago
I haven't heard of that before,that's funny,long history maybe...
Are all the scissors with decorative edge all called pinking scissors?
Like this one? The arc edge?
- 1 decade ago
the cut edge resembles the dianthus plant, often referred to as "pinks".
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