Further to Frank’s quiz last night, what is a runcible spoon?
Apparently, it is an invented word. Edward Lear liked the sound of it and he loved to invent words, and used it in a number of his verses. There’s a runcible hat appearing in one of them.
But then, decades after his death, definitions began to appear in dictionaries. These days it’s often defined as kind of pickle fork with a sharpened edge and three tines, or as a grapefruit spoon.
But it’s nonsense, because when Lear invented the word (or any of his invented words) he never had any intentions of it actually meaning anything.
Anyway, as a matter of interest, here’s the full poem:
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
Pussy said to the Owl, 'You elegant fowl!
'Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling