Of course, this means that now I have to go out and take down the Christmas lights that I procrastinated putting up for so long...
Back in the early ’80s there was a show on the brand new HBO called, Not Necessarily the News, on which there was a segment called Sniglets that was hosted by Rich Hall. I remember only a few of these Sniglets, but my favorite was “NERKEL” (ner - kul). A Nerkle is someone who leaves their Christmas lights up all year. I am not a Nerkel. Here are some more Sniglets that I remember:
- Nevitts ( neh - itz) : The sandpaper-like bumps on cats’ tongues.
- Stroodle (stroo - duhl) : The long string of scalding hot cheese that always burns your mouth when you take a bite of pizza. An extra long one was an Executive Stroodle.
- Polarind (po - la- rynd) : That thing you used to peel off of a Polaroid snapshot.
- Spleeb (just like it looks) : That irritating squeaking noise that sneakers make on wood or vinyl floors.
- Bevemirage (bev - a - mir - ahj) : That dark plastic bottom on the big coke bottles that makes you think there’s some left when there isn’t.
- Jemimites (Ja- my - mites) : Those little round splatters you get on the griddle when you make pancakes.
* (ped - air - ay - shun) :
Perfect body heat achieved by having one leg under the sheet and one hanging off the edge of the bed.