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Pencils with different colours for drawing. Shall I call them colouring pencils or colour pencils?
"Colouring pencils" is OK too.
As a NES (BrE) but not a teacher:
I would have said: "colouring pencils" every time - as I would also have said: "colouring book". To me, a "red coloured pencil" can refer to the fact that its external colour is red, although its "lead" may be black. l would always look for a "colouring book" for my children to practice their colouring skills. A "red coloured book" would mean simply that its cover was red.
That having been said, unlike "colored pencils" (AME), I can find no references to "colouring pencils" in my various online dictionaries! The only place I managed to find "colouring pencils" was via a Google search, which generated pages such as: Colouring pencil Stock Photo Images. 478 colouring pencil royalty free images and photography available to buy from over 100 stock photo companies..
PS Looks like my post crossed with Bhaisahab's.
We always called them pencil crayons.
These are crayons.
Last edited by sunsunmoon; 29-May-2011 at 11:57.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_YcsRkF6yBL...yon_colors.jpg) ; so if someone said 'pencil crayon' I would think either that they (the speaker, that is) were foreign or that this was some kind of propelling pencil (Am E 'mechanical pencil') that had a coloured wax-based refill.
Where I grew up in the UK, we used crayons for the coloured pencils and wax crayons.