30 March 2011

Word Of The Week - Inkling

Do you feel like your vocabulary could do with a little zhushing?  Then this is the space for you!
Each week I will unearth a new word to play with.  If you would like to join in, write a post incorporating this week's word, then come back and leave a comment with your link so what we can all read your work. 
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[Noun] Not a small bottle of ink as some may think but a slight hint or indication.
A vague idea or notion. A suspicion.
[Probably from inclen to hint at & related to Old English inca]

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I love it when my dear Gifters suggest words for this segment and this week Georgina at Perpetual suggested 'inkling' and I love it!  The thing that tickles my fancy most is the way that it sounds.
For me it's a playful word, almost musical.  Rhyming with sprinkling, tinkling, wrinkling but with a meaning that validates our intuition or sixth sense. It hints at wispy notions sitting at the edge of our consciousness.

Thank you to those Gifters who have been playing along in the true spirit of this segment by incorporating the words into their posts. I would like to make special mention of Jane and Cate who not only write wonderfully but regularly zhush the vocabulary of their readers.

As for my use of this week's word....

If you would like to learn more about my world, then I have an inkling that you might enjoy what I have to share with you tomorrow.


  1. got a busy day today but I just have to drop in to say that image is just divine. I had an inkling you would share something awesome today xx

  2. inkling is one of my favourite words and is used regularly in our household.

  3. I'm going to work on incorporating this into my next blog post. I have an inkling already as to how to do it.....

  4. I rather like the idea of it being a small bottle of ink!! But I had an inkling it would be :-)

  5. inkling, tickling :) Cute!
    Never heard it before I have now a good inkling that you are such a gem with my english vocabulary!
    Sandrine xx

  6. I've an inkling that discombobulate is a zhushing word on the horizon.
    I had to laugh when I was reading a book the other day and the main characters toes looked 'hirsute' as in her harried state to get ready she'd painted her toenails prior to some quick bikini line trims... and there you have it - hirsute toenails! :)
    Hirsute of course being one of your famous zhush words!

  7. I love inkling. Love, love, love. It is always accompanied by something positive and wonderful. I had an inkling..xx

  8. When I skipped from link to link I didn't have an inkling where I might land.I am pleased to find your site! Love the photo.

  9. when my mum comes to stay (for four months every year) we often have word of the day at the diner table. she is abit of a whizz with words so she'll often come up with one which we have to guess it's meaning, then we consult the dictionary for it's precise meaning.....it always gives us a laugh over diner, we it's usually me actually who provides the laugh as i'm the least knowledgable when it comes to words!

  10. Oh, Felicity, yet again one of my favourite words. Mr PB wouldn't have the slightest inkling when to use it, regrettably. Will try to use it in my next post. Oh, and thanks for the sweet mention - you know this is a highlight of my week, my fellow logophile! J x

  11. Felicity, very glad to have contributed an idea for your fabulous blog! There are some words that just add a bit of fun to language as they are not obvious and expected. Thanks for sharing. G x


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