One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A blunt knife used for cutting paper, such as when opening envelopes or slitting the uncut pages of books.
- ‘Sometimes a paperknife is used but it may be difficult to insert the tip of the knife under the flap.’
- ‘Calypso smiled and raised her eyes to heaven, then reached for a paperknife and slit open one of the envelopes.’
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