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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.


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

  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?

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

    Snig I found between the delightful snigger and snifter!