I was sharpening a pencil when my colleague said: “You must be among the rare few using a pencil in this modern age.”
I still use the pencil to make page corrections at office. I am an old timer in that. After all, I have seen the metamorphosis of the newspaper industry in over two decades from Hot metal (Letterpress) printing to Cut & Paste method and completely computerised system as of now.
There is a personal touch too. Whenever I had fights with my brother, I used to break his pencil or dip it in water. When I bought colour pencils for my daughter, she mostly used them on walls than papers. Also, I cannot rub off the image of my former boss with a pencil over his ears.
Hey, “pencil over the ear” reminds me of a joke I had read.
An accident occurs at a factory where a worker’s ear is ripped off by a machine. After a search, his colleagues pick up the chopped ear and tell him: “Here it is.”
“Not this,” he replied, “Mine had a pencil above.”
PS: I am told over 14 billion pencils are manufactured worldwide annually. It is best not to write off its strength.