|Date:||Tue, 08 Apr 2003 22:51:32 +1100|
Its fascinating, but it's not correct.
I've looked at a couple of dictionaries, and it seems that "pen" meaning a writing instrument is derived from the Old French "penne", "pene" or "paine", from the Latin "penna" meaning feathers. "Pen" in the sense of a female swan is of quite different, and unknown, origin. The etymology of "cob", a male swan, is equally mysterious.
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