why does this irritate me?

Everytime I run across penned used like this:

This episode was penned by Ray Bradbury

I get all itchy. It just makes me nuts. Why? So it’s a stilted, self conscious way to avoid the verb write. I could just laugh it off. Wry amusement. Condesending giggles. A raised brow. But the named thing works on me like nails on a chalkboard.

There are other words that do this to me for no apparent reason. The name Dorcas, for example. Hubby is another one that makes me crazy.

There’s nothing I can do about any of this, of course. Except bitch. Which I have now done.