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Is pluma still used?

Is pluma still used to mean pen? I've been hearing lapicero alot. In school they said it was boligrafo, but I've never heard that in real live.
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Old October 07, 2007, 03:33 AM
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pencil: lápiz, lapicero

pen (ball point): bolígrafo (short: boli), birome, esferógrafo, esfero

pen (fountain pen, stylographic): pluma, pluma estilográfica, estilográfica, estilógrafo, pluma fuente, estilo

mechanical pen: portaminas
In Spain, lápiz is pencil, and we use bolígrafo (boli) for pen. Lapicero is not much used, but we will think it's a pencil.
In other countries, lápiz is pencil, and lapicero is pen.

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Bolígrafo
Argentina, Paraguay y Uruguay: birome, que es el nombre comercial con que se vendieron los primeros bolígrafos del mundo, fabricados en Argentina en los años 40 (de modo similar, en muchos países europeos, Australia y Nueva Zelanda, los bolígrafos son conocidos como biros).
México, Chile y Venezuela: bolígrafo es coloquialmente intercambiable, pues se lo conoce informalmente también como pluma, lápiz pasta y lapicero, respectivamente.
En Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras y Perú también se lo conoce como lapicero.
En Colombia y Ecuador es un esfero
Costa caribeña colombiana recibe el nombre de plumero.
En Bolivia es una puntabola (calco del inglés ballpoint pen).
En España es simplemente un boli.

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Buenísima información sosia.

En México, older generations usually call a pen a pluma, and younger generations use lapicero.
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Thanks for the great information!
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I use a fountain pen:
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I use a fountain pen:
Pluma fuente.

In Chile:

pencil: lápiz de mina

pen or ball pen: lápiz pasta, lapicero o lapicera o bolígrafo.
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A "lapicero" is actually a mechanical pencil, but I doubt anyone in Mexico would use it like that. "Portaminas" is more common.
"Pluma", normally, is a "pluma fuente", but we use "lapicero" or "pluma" for a ballpen. "Bolígrafo" is rarely used, but everyone understands what it is.
A pencil is called a "lápiz", and it's usually made of wood.
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