Friday, 14 December 2012


There's a splendidly useful little word hidden away in The Dialect of South Lancashire, or Tim Bobbin's Tummus and Meary (1850), kicklety.

Kicklety means likely to fall over, and can therefore describe Christmas trees (Hmm, looks a bit kicklety for me), and anybody stumbling out of a pub this weekend (Are you sure you want another? You're looking a bit kicklety).

I should remind you all that The Horologicon is filled with such words, and here's a review to prove it.


  1. Shame it's so hard to say 'kickelty' when you're "likely to fall over".

  2. Love all your posts. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Aurora. Not kickelty (yet).