Niggle is not a word!

Oh contraire mon frere – or in this case my sister rather than my brother, but you get my drift. 

So, why the title?  LOL- I got a review this evening telling me that niggle is not a word.  Well, heck.  Read it for yourself.

“niggle is not a word! 😄 so many people have been using that with the meaning
‘bother’ but its not a word! and it makes me laugh every time i see it! 😄
anyway, great chapter! :3 so sweet, you are an awesome writer dont stop!”

LOL, it’s nice that she likes my work.  And I thanked her.  But me being me (read opinionated) I just HAD to answer this straight away.  Because:

A) niggle is so a word (nanene booboo)
1nig·gle
verb \ˈni-gəl\
nig·glednig·gling
Definition of NIGGLE
intransitive verb
1 a : trifle b : to spend too much effort on minor details
2 : to find fault constantly in a petty way : carp <she haggles, she niggles, she wears out our patience — Virginia Woolf>
3 : gnaw
transitive verb
: to give stingily or in tiny portions
— nig·gler noun

AND

B) even if wasn’t a word, since when are there rules against making up words in creative writing.  *cough* RULES KILL ART *cough* 

Oh, that’s right.  There aren’t rules against it.  In fact, it’s a long held and respected tradition of writers (especially talented writers) making up words and new ways to use them.  Because I’m sure the word–computer–existed way before computers were invented, right?  Duh… no.  The word had to be invented with the concept and the object.  And since when does a physical object have to exist for a words to be invented?  Duh, it doesn’t.  Hello, McFly!  There are plenty of non-physical concepts that exist with new names – bromance, codependent, etc.  These words didn’t exist thirty years ago, but they were invented when the concepts were invented.

It’s well known that masters of literature have long invented words and ways of using words–Shakespeare, Twain, Hemingway to start. 

So break those rules.  Invent new words and  have fun!  And for all you scoffers, you might want to read my previous journal entry, “Artists/Writers vs Rules”, then get back to me.


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