Our usage dates back a long, long way. While among the first tools, our prototypes were bone and plant. Today we are usually made of steel.
We are related by design but not purposes, though sometimes we work well together, especially in the holding business.
We have relatives of different shapes and sizes. A hollow one is a real sticker and our Chinese cousins can be all over you.
In Great Britain we are a popular name for a pricking or tingling sensation, and to be on us in the U.S. is to be in a state of excessive uneasiness.
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