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Given the context of this word in an article I read recently, I thought there was an editing error. Further investigation revealed a classic origin, from Latin, pinna, meaning feather. My guess is pen derived from this word, given the use of quills to place ink to paper. Also, birds are restrained by cutting off the pinion of one wing, just as a person is pinioned by restraining the arms. But the fun does not stop there, as a pinion gear is the smaller of a pair of gears.
William A. Hupy
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