Double Pointers and Flaws

English translation: pins with two points, and other imperfections

04:17 Sep 22, 2018
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: Double Pointers and Flaws
Some of the customers browsing the book racks (Mis-draws, *Double Pointers and Flaws*, Pins of Uberwald and Genua, First Steps in Pins, Adventures in Acuphilia . . .) and staring covetously at the rack of pins laid out under glass had an intensity of expression that frightened him.
--quoted from Going Postal (2004, fantasy fiction) by Terry Pratchett (link: https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&ei=xr6lW8eFKKrSrgTu0Yv...

These names in the brackets should be titles of books or magazines for pin collectors/fans. What does "Double Pointers and Flaws" mean, and how is it connected with pins?
Thank you!
updownK
China
Local time: 03:33
English translation:pins with two points, and other imperfections
Explanation:
I think the idea may be like postage stamps, where imperfect examples can be very valuable.

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Note added at 1 hr (2018-09-22 05:32:24 GMT)
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Presumably meaning a point at each end.
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philgoddard
United States
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Thank you, philgoddard! Actually, later the fad of pin collection did replaced by stamp collection in this story.
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double pointers and flaws
pins with two points, and other imperfections


Explanation:
I think the idea may be like postage stamps, where imperfect examples can be very valuable.

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Note added at 1 hr (2018-09-22 05:32:24 GMT)
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Presumably meaning a point at each end.

philgoddard
United States
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 36
Grading comment
Thank you, philgoddard! Actually, later the fad of pin collection did replaced by stamp collection in this story.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Jack Doughty
1 hr

agree  Tony M: Ah yes, if these are sewing-type pins, that would indeed make sense!
2 hrs

agree  Charles Davis: Yes, double pointers must mean they were sharpened at both ends by mistake.
2 hrs

agree  Yvonne Gallagher
7 hrs
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