Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
Just so you know, you "pencil" someone in if you expect them to be fired at any moment or if you expect them not to show. You "pencil" them in because you can erase it. If you write them in ink, then you're saying they're permanent because they can't be erased.
By penciling Smith in for a decade, you're saying he could be let go tomorrow... which... Is not what you're trying to say.
Shhhh...he's smarter, more handsome, and more successful than any of us will ever be. He can't be wrong.