Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Bibble

Bibble, Bill, Mallard, Drake, Plastic, Toy, Duck
(photo by Joshua Smith)

BIBBLE

Verb. Early 16th century.
[from BIB verb + -LE.]

1. verb instrans. & trans. Keep drinking; drink, tipple. E16

2. verb intrans. Dabble with the bill as a duck. M16


Ducks are cute, bibbling ducks are cuter, and a badling of bibbling ducks is perhaps the cutest sight of all.

Bibble is too wonderful a word to slip into obscurity. I intend to use it daily, and so should you.


10 comments:

  1. It's really lovely that the OED tries to cater for all audiences.

    -clueless

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    1. What audiences do you think it's catering to?

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    2. All of them it seems. People that like baths, beaches, lazy monks, chronically cute ducks... all of them. I'm quite partial to elbows, so I'm looking forward to 'e'.

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    3. All groups that are under-represented in the media.

      As for elbows, I promise to cover the first (interesting) elbow-related word I come across.

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  2. Feeling kind of sad for this lonely comment-less ducky. Hi ducky *waves*

    I wonder if those ducks in the video are pet ducks. That'd be awesome. I like birds as long as they're sitting on the ground and are bibbling all cutely and stuff.

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    1. He's not commentless ... why did you say he's commentless? ... what are you suggesting by saying he's commentless??

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    2. He was commentless at first, but now he's not anymore. Aren't you happy for him? You should be happy for Bibble. That's what I'm calling him. I call him Bibble and he shall be mine.

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    3. Bibble! What a great name for a duck! It could be a character in a really high-brow kids' programme: Bibble the Brainy Duck ... and only really smart, Lexicolatry reading kids would get the joke!

      Hmm ... taking the fun out of it a bit? OK. You'll just call your future (ordinary) pet duck Bibble. And it'll be great : o )

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  3. I agree--bibble is a marvelous word and I shall use it.

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    1. Yes! Make sure you do : o ) Great to see you, Beth.

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