Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
Long before I could sew, I used to enjoy watching my mom as she worked at her sewing machine. She was an excellent seamstress. She had many tools unique to her craft, but there was one thing that always made me curious.
Pinking shears. Scissors with teeth that left a saw-toothed edge on the fabric.
Why were they called pinking shears? When I asked, she laughed and said she really didn’t know.
So, of course, I looked it up. Here is what Wikipedia has to say:
The cut produced by pinking shears may have given its name to (or been derived from) the plant named pink, a flowering plant in the genus Dianthus (commonly called a carnation). The color pink may have been named after these flowers, although the origins of the name are not definitively known. As the carnation has scalloped, or “pinked”, edges to its petals, pinking shears can be thought to produce an edge similar to the flower.
The word “pink” can be used as a verb dating back to 1300 meaning “pierce, stab, make holes in”.
And here is a pink dianthus:
So, there you have it. I love words. There is so often an interesting story behind a word; a story that brings the word to life and makes sense to something that otherwise made no sense at all.