Monday, January 9, 2017

Write a Winkle

The word "winkle" comes from periwinkle, the name of a marine or freshwater snail. Periwinkle comes from Latin pina a name of a mussel and the Old English wincle, a snail shell.

In World War I, personnel of the Allied Powers found their duty of finding and removing the enemy from the trenches analogous to extracting a well-entrenched snail. They began using winkle to describe their effort.

The action of "winkling the enemy out" extended to other situations, such as "winkling information out of someone."

Make up a word. Create a definition and history.  Have fun and use humor.

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