Sipping iced coffee,
Haiku-ing in the shade,
I get outside in the sun to garden, but there is an exquisite pleasure in relaxing with an iced beverage in the shade. Haiku-ing is a verb I invented for writing haiku—it’s a sniglet, a made-up word that you won’t find in the dictionary. I learned about sniglets today—if you think about it, many of us make up words all the time. That’s how new words come into being and when a new word is very widely used, it may be added to a dictionary. Here are some sniglets:
- Glamping—I didn’t make this one up. It’s used when referring to the new luxury camping trend. Tent and other supplies are set up and campers only have to drive into the campsite.
- Mostickphobia—a fear of mosquitoes and ticks. Mosquito bites can give you West Nile Virus and tick bites can lead to Lyme disease. Last year I went to the doctor twice to get preventative antibiotics for tick bites. Since then I have covered up meticulously when outside…unfortunately I have become a bit antsy or perhaps ‘ticky’, feeling things crawling on me.
- Choppy-ripple—a type of water surface in-between choppy and a soft ripple, an observation I made years ago while water skiing.
I would be very interested in hearing about your sniglets!
This post originated from wanting to incorporate ‘summer’ and ‘fun’ into a haiku for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge #103. You’ll find links to many more haiku about summer fun at RonovanWrites.