Are all writing implements pencils? No.
A pencil isn't a Crayon. Crayons are made of wax and come in many colors.
Pens have liquid ink, which was black or blue.
Pencils have a rubber tip which can erase what you draw. Pens and Crayons do not have this - they can not be erased.
I was very excited to go to school and looked forward to using Pencils, Pens, and Crayons. For school I got RED and BLUE wood writing implements (of course I never would have used the word implement at that time, for I was just a child) and I understood that these were also pencils. I liked them.
The first day of school, we were asked to line up and bring two pencils with us to another classroom. I picked up my red pencils, for they were my favorite.
Very quickly, the new teacher, inspecting the line, saw me with my red pencils in hand and pointed me out. I was wrong. I had the wrong pencils! I was sent back to my desk to retrieve the yellow pencils. I learned that a pencil, is a yellow pencil, unless it's red, blue, green, or any other color and then it's a colored pencil. The yellow color was apparently the natural color of pencils.
This, I believe is the root of my fascination with language.
They say that Aspies don't like the non-literal: metaphors, irony, and absurdities, but I sniff them out like a pig sniffs out truffles. I can never pass up a pun unacknowledged. Drop a homophone and I will want to make a punny. These sounds tickle my ears and mind so I can barely help myself. I find myself laughing alone to puzzled faces all the time. You will find my humor tourettes on display at Borderline Comedy Disorder where I blogged before I was diagnosed AS.
Another thing that is said about Aspies is that we aren't naturally prejudiced. I suppose this can be traced to the fact that . . . . well, at least for me - I can look at the differences in something as simple classification criteria, not value judgments. I also can put groups together for purposes of classification without thought of value, but simply to separate them mentally. People can be classified in so many ways!! Yet, we get so hung up on a few of the most obvious visual classifications. I don't think it's the worst sin in the world to mistake a Moth for a Butterfly or call a Flower a Bloom.
Rose by another name