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« on: June 03, 2012, 12:27 PM »

Hi,

I know this forum is not really interested in etymology...   Roll Eyes

However, when I first read this "pinstriping" term being use to refer to the black lines between the pieces of a sail layout, as a non-native English speaker I really wondered where the @#$%! that was coming from.

Nancy very kindly told me:
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the term used for a particular style of decorative painting on cars

However, this has now only translated my doubt from the realm of kite sails to the realm of car paint...  Sad

Can anyone out there that vanish my doubt?
Thanks,

N.
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2012, 12:36 PM »

A pinstripe is a stripe so thin, it looks like it was painted with a pin ?    Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2012, 12:54 PM »

Wham! Bullseye!

I don't know whether you made that out, but sounds completely convincing to me and completely vanishes my doubts  Cheesy

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P.S. Boy, that was a quick and short topic...!   Huh
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2012, 01:28 PM »

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin_stripes
A very good explanation.
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2012, 02:10 PM »

Excellent! Thanks.
Crystal clear now.
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2012, 05:21 PM »

 Pin striping basically refers to the fine lines of a contrasting color used to crate a drawing or pattern on an otherwise plain field.  Also known as "line art".  It started as far back as the time man started doing crude drawings and evolved as a way to ornament different things in different ways.  More recently it became a way to get the look of inlay from woodworking onto things that can't be inlaid be it lettering or accent stripes and this was made popular by safe manufacturers mimicing furniture makers.  THe exact origin of the term is not known but may refer to the tools used or a technique or the simple fact that tools used are often sharpened to a "Pin Point".  Master carpenters use pin size awls to create fine lines for inlay or contrast staining, tattoo artists use pin needles to stripe skin, hell it could have even come from Stropping which was how stick pins were sharpened at one time and just borrowed.  No one really knows.
 
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2012, 11:29 PM »

A pinstripe is a stripe so thin, it looks like it was painted with a pin ?    Grin

lol..... I think you and I would be great friends in real life. That just cracked me up for some reason. Funnier still (to me) is that you're likely exactly right.
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2012, 03:25 PM »



lol..... I think you and I would be great friends in real life.

This isn't real life?

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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2012, 05:49 PM »

Maybe so in the grand scheme of this New World.  Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2012, 04:38 AM »

A pinstripe is a stripe so thin, it looks like it was painted with a pin ?    Grin

lol..... I think you and I would be great friends in real life. That just cracked me up for some reason. Funnier still (to me) is that you're likely exactly right.

I'm glad someone gets me...

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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2013, 06:51 PM »

I remember back in high school, once a year a pinstriper would come to our little town and all the guys with the cool cars were saving their money beforehand, it was more important than the 4th of July.
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