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What is This Called? - Push Pin

What are these called?  Push Pins are the most common names from where I live... 

Push pin, map pin, drawing pin


Other names include, "map pins", "drawing pins" or "thumbtacks", although the term "thumbtack" is usually reserved for the items in the next photo, since using the thumb to push these in (by putting pressure on the flat surface) is the most effective way of using them whereas the thumb and forfinger (to grip the sides of the push pin) is the way these are normally used.  (see below for the verb use of the term "pin" and the discussion on "pen".)

metal thumbtacks
Colored thumbtacks help them blend in
map pins have a short shaft
Sewing/dressmaker's pins are longer
Bowling pins are made to be knocked over
badge pins have a closure to secure them
a safety pin
Clothespins
Rolling pin
This is NOT a pin, it is a "needle"
hairpins
climbing pins


The word "pin" can also be used as a verb, such as, "the wrestler had him pinned to the mat", or "they pinned up the dress before sewing the hem", or "pin that on the bulletin board".  What kind of "pins" are common where you live?  What other uses for this word do you know?  Post an example or a comment to answer.

A word that sounds like "pin" is the word "pen" but has a different meanings.  It can be a writing instrument that uses ink or it can be a small enclosure for animals.  The verb of this word means to gather or catch one or more animals and put them in a pen.


pen used for writing or drawing
These animals are penned up
A dog in his pen


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