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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Thing To Do Today: snig.

Still working off the Easter Eggs?

What you need to do is have a good snig.

To snig is a word now sadly confined to New Zealand and Australia. It means to drag along a log by means of a chain fastened to one end.

And how can we resist?

Think how healthy we would be if we all took to snigging. Think what a happyplace the world would be if we all took our logs for a drag first thing every morning.

Think of the community-spirit as we all stop to discuss the technicalities of chain-fixings and the merits of cedar versus oak.

Think of the educational aspect: the introduction to life and death when the family log eventually succumbs to fungus, woodworm, or being eaten by next-door's bull mastiff.

Think of the discipline of applying preservative and anti-rust; the flowering of creativity with the emergence of the log-dragging song and the fancy log-coat; the galvanising of the economy as entrepreneurs grasp the possibilities (as they will) for hammer-on log faces and bijou log kennels...

...hang on, I think I may have gone and convinced myself, now.

Anyone got a log anywhere they don't want?

Thing To Do Today: snig. This word may only be used in New Zealand and Australia nowadays, but its origin is as an English dialect word.

3 comments:

  1. Where do you find such things? This one is a sure fire winner. SNIG, indeed!

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  2. The word I had to decipher to get the above comment up was TISCO which is of course, Australian for TESCO. Spooky coincidence, eh?

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  3. Ooh, I didn't know about Tisco. I wonder what was wrong with Tesco?

    Snig I found between the delightful snigger and snifter!

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