Meanings: “Crayon”

July 9, 2013

The etymology is straightforward, from the French for “pencil,” which originally meant a chalk pencil.  We graduate from crayons as we become adults, don’t we? Only children use them, or children occasionally assisted by their parents. The names of crayons (think “burnt sienna,” think “silver”) bring back memories:

crayon for adultsh/t: Tastefully Offensive

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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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