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.
Thanks for trying!
No. We usually use it if a cotton thread is hanging from a hem.
Thanks, Ann. It's pronounced tyfling.
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.
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.
No. I hadn't heard of that, but it came up when I tried the online dictionary.