I wanted to use the word 'tifling' in something I was writing, but it came up underlined, so looked it up in online and hard copy dictionaries and could not find it. Is it a word that just our family uses? It could be a word used by my Cornish grandmother or Old English with the -ling suffix, as in duckling, etc. Does anyone else use this word? Whenever I write it here, it is automatically changed to 'rifling' which has a totally different meaning!
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Oh, Wow! So it is Cornish! And I'm third generation Australian. Interesting how some words linger. I thought everyone used it! Thank you.
Yep...sort of like me calling the end of the driveway the "pitch". I got that from my grandmother from Loddiswell, Devon, England.
All my sources did that, too. Thank you so much for trying.
I wanted to use it in a hub, so I left it out in the end, but to me (and my family) it is so meaningful. Thank you for your reply.
Thanks, Ann. It's pronounced tyfling.
Thanks for trying!
No. I hadn't heard of that, but it came up when I tried the online dictionary.
No. We usually use it if a cotton thread is hanging from a hem.
Well, it is about something trifling, but it's not the same. I had no idea that piddling came from the north of England. I looked it up and it comes from the Norwegian - so it may have been in the language for a long time, probably from the Vikings.