One of the reasons I enjoy researching word histories is the regular discovery that some things I take for granted just aren't so. Like the connection between pens and pencils. After all, the words sound similar, the objects themselves look about the same, and they are used for roughly the same purpose. Common sense suggests that they have the same linguistic roots, and that they're just two slightly different versions of the same thing... Strike one for common sense.
Well, I always disliked pens... never longed to have them, and in the 5th grade I remember kids getting all those different coulored pens... and it didn't fascinate me at all...And I remember having a bad handwriting while using them,,, even up untill now...I guess this has to do with my "freaking out" syndrome ! ; )I'm serious... I've always had this "in-complete" illnesssssss !OK... let me elaborate more...whenever I park the car for instance, I feel like I forgot something, and have to look back thru its glass to be sure I didnt forget anythin' !!!!Whenever I read a book, I can't complete it... I get tooooooo attached that I don't want to finish reading it !!!!!A-N-Y-H-O-W,,,THANK GOD FOR CREATING THE MAN WHO INVENTED PENCILS ;)