Can you cut paper with your sewing scissors?

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Should we keep our sewing scissors just for cutting fabric? Will cutting paper somehow ‘dull' the scissors, make them less sharp, or less able to cut fabric if we dare to cut paper with them as well?
Is this just an urban myth? Did seamstresses of old simply pass on this mantra to stop the family from endlessly borrowing their sewing scissors? Was it just told to make sure the sewing scissors were always there when they needed them?
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