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    colouring pencils or colour pencils?

    Pencils with different colours for drawing. Shall I call them colouring pencils or colour pencils?


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    Re: colouring pencils or colour pencils?

    "Colouring pencils" is OK too.

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    Re: colouring pencils or colour pencils?

    Interesting question!

    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..

    Confused!
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    PS Looks like my post crossed with Bhaisahab's.

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    Re: colouring pencils or colour pencils?

    We always called them pencil crayons.

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    Re: colouring pencils or colour pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by JTRiff View Post
    We always called them pencil crayons.
    Those illustrated coloured/colouring pencils are not crayons. Crayons are oily.

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    Re: colouring pencils or colour pencils?



    These are crayons.


    Last edited by sunsunmoon; 29-May-2011 at 11:57.

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    Re: colouring pencils or colour pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Those illustrated coloured/colouring pencils are not crayons. Crayons are oily.
    Wiki says 'pencil crayon' is an option. After all, 'pencil...' makes it clear it's not about wax.

    Pencil crayon - Wikipedia

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    Re: colouring pencils or colour pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by JTRiff View Post
    We always called them pencil crayons.
    Beware - culture clash. In Br Eng a 'crayon' is made of wax (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.

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    Re: colouring pencils or colour pencils?

    Where I grew up in the UK, we used crayons for the coloured pencils and wax crayons.

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