One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: a case of metal, leather, etc., for holding pens; a pen-case. Later also: a writing case.
A person who pens or composes a piece of writing, a document, a statement, etc.; a writer of something (either the original composer, or a copier).
A person who pens cattle. Also (chiefly Australian and NZ): a person who pens sheep ready for the shearers in a shearing shed (frequently as "penner-up").
Late Middle English. From post-classical Latin pennarium pen-case (frequently 1328–1520 in British sources) from penna pen + classical Latin -ārium; compare -er, -ar<br>mid 16th century; earliest use found in Bannatyne Miscellany. From pen + -er<br>mid 17th century. From pen + -er.
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