Runcible. Really?

In Edward Lear’s poem, “The Owl and the Pussycat,” you will find the word runcible. The mere mentioning of the word conjures up feelings of rustic surroundings or something crude. After looking up the meaning, I was way off the real definition. I admit that runcible is not in my day-to-day vocabulary for writing or speaking. It is words like this that can add a bit of depth to your writing and perhaps elevate your reader’s thinking. However, don’t forget to take into consideration your character descriptions, settings, genre and your readers in choosing appropriate words.

Go ahead and look up the word runcible and let me know your immediate thought and then on the true meaning. If runcible, is not a new word to you is it one of your common vocabulary words?

Enjoy a portion of the poem below and click here for the full version.The Owl and the Puss-Cat

III
Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
   Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
   By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
   They danced by the light of the moon,
             The moon,
             The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
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