One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not written with or as with a pen; not set down in writing.
Not shut up in a pen; unenclosed. Also occasionally: †that has been released from a pen (obsolete).
Late 16th century; earliest use found in George Turberville (c1543–c1597), poet and translator. From un- + penned<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in Wentworth Smith, playwright. Probably partly from unpen + -ed.
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