According to Google, ballpoints and biros are the same thing: that is, a ballpoint is a pen with a tiny ball as its writing point. So there you go. The title, however, still sounds good to me so that’s what we’ll stick with. Okay? Good.
I look around my desk and I only see a handful of ballpoint biros. Compared to the amount of fountain pens and gel pens and whatever that I own, a handful is absolutely nothing. There’s a reason for this too. I hate the things. I only own a few for use on thin, cheaper paper when my favoured pens feather, or bleed, or something – ie; when my favoured pens don’t perform their best. Or, to throw in a bag so I don’t have to worry too much about losing it or breaking it. Or so I can lend pens and not care for the sticky fingers that some people sometimes get. That sort of thing.
I do have a couple with interesting features, or pretty barrel designs but that’s a vanity thing. One I use quite often is my Mini Zebra Expandz but that’s because it’s with my “writing log” so it’s not like I write with it for extended periods of time. And, it’s cute.
One reason I hate the things is because they can be so darn scratchy. Another is that… They make my handwriting look even worse than it is. Ugh. Thirdly, it doesn’t matter how much you use them, how long you write with them for, they just will not die! If the world ever ends, Twinkies, cockroaches, Kraft’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese and biros will be the only things left I swear. Fourthly, the barrel shape of most of them, that horrible hexagonal shape, is really uncomfortable, and often far too thin. Of course, this last point is mostly about personal preference. Naturally.
I actually don’t have any more reasons to hand, but… I despise the things. I much prefer fountain pens, and I can’t use one of those then a gel pen will do. Just please don’t give me a Biro. It’ll make me a very unhappy writer.
Feel free to argue for or against the common Biro in the comments below.
Until next week,
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