September 8, 2011

the sharpest pencil in the pack

Posted in Idioms at 11:03 am by Feng

the sharpest pencil in the pack — the smartest

In a seminar, the speaker wasn’t impressed by the programming capability of some developers. He referred to them as “not the sharpest pencil the pack“.

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3 Comments »

  1. Soup said,

    I think a better phrase would be,”Not the brightest crayon in the box.”

  2. John Stodder said,

    So glad this blog still exists!

  3. Crossing Rebecca said,

    This one has lots of variants, both by region and by the inventiveness of the speaker. As Soup said, “Not the brightest crayon in the box,” but also, “Not the sharpest tool in the shed,” “Not the sharpest knife in the drawer,” “Not the brightest bulb on the (Christmas) tree,” “Not the brightest bulb on the chandelier.”


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