Word of the week (5)

Phew! Where has this week gone? It’s been a frenzy of summer sun, people moaning about how dry their gardens are and small children being covered in ice cream. What’s it like in your neck of the woods?

Onto today’s word, I love this word, during my degree I took a small amount of pleasure in squeezing it in whenever I spoke about the eye or communication between animals. It’s nice to say and sounds like a flurry of clicks!

Nictitate. Say it a couple of times to get the feel of it. It means to close one eye briefly, it’s like a post way of saying wink!

Fun fact, some animals have what we refer to as a third eyelid that closes a split second before they blink, or if they are under any kind of anaesthetic it will drift across their eye and make them look heavy eyed! The proper name for this is a nictitating membrane. A bit of science there for you!

There are many ways to use this, for instance you could nudge your friend in a bar and announce loudly that the guy over in the corner just nictitated!

Or if you run a Girlguiding pack you could play nictitate murder! (I might do this with mine in September and let you know how I get on!

Until then friends, I doth my cap and nictate in your direction!

See you soon……


Hi, I'm Jerra. I have always wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember, I'm a natural raconteuse, a skill I inherited from my Grampeee. This is my journey into what it takes to become a writer, the unconventional way!

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