A couple of months ago, I wrote about teachers and students using green ink as part of a feedback system that focuses on improving work, instead of just highlighting mistakes.
That made me a little curious about green pens, since I didn’t really have much experience with them. The few I’d used were pretty unimpressive, mostly because the ink was so pallid. So I decided to take a run through a bunch of green pens to find the ones that worked the best.
The Pen Warrior sent me a package full of disposables from most of the major brands we carry: Pilot, Pentel, Uniball, Bic, Paper Mate, Staedtler, and Stabilo. There were 18 all together, in a variety of hues. Most were stick pens. Continue reading
Everyone of a certain generation knows what red ink on a school paper means.
But kids in the future might not recognize red ink as a teacher’s way of drawing attention to mistakes.
Not being British like the rest of the Tiger Pens crew, I was fascinated a while back to learn that green ink is considered the medium of the lunatic fringe in the UK.
That little bit of lore became even more interesting recently when I heard that it is a long and continuing tradition for the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service to sign all documents in green ink.
The oddness of the idea that green ink bears so much meaning, and the ironic connection between the psychologically challenged and the professionally paranoid bore more investigation. How exactly did the colour green come to have such negative significance to the British? Continue reading