-(n.) butterflies in one’s stomach

Hello, I stumbled across this interesting writing prompt challenge, Word High July, a collection of lovely Fillipino words, and will start off with the first few words combined into one post.

Languages and words are such fun, and I love learning new words that are atmospheric, that roll off your tongue, and evoke images and feelings. The prompt word for today decided to pair itself in my mind with a similar sounding word from Lewis Carol’s famous poem, the Jabberwocky. We learnt it by heart in Primary School, and the first lines will never leave me:

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.”

There is joy in new words, and theoretically, an increased vocabulary should lead to a greater exactness and clarity, but sometimes it can also be more confusing!


And so, I present my first offering to the Word high July Challenge: A poem about relationships, with a focus on words that want to play together…

Twas brillig in Pillig,
when Gilles got Kilig,
and Phyllis started feeling affinity.

A serenade at gloaming,
an aubade in the morn,
And soon there was true felicity.

But unfortunately
They could not timpi
Around their tinatangi

And obsession and assuetude,
Led to umbrage and lassitude
(And also just being plain rude!)

A swift split, a final adieu,
Now it’s all just a gunita
Oh well, That’s vita!


July 1: Kilig (n) Butterflies in one’s stomach

July 2: Timpi (v) to control one’s self

July 3: Tinatangi (n) special someone

July 4: Gunita (n) memory, recollection

Brillig: 4 O’clock in the afternoon

Pillig: a municipality in Germany

Gloaming: evening

Aubade: a serenade, but in the morning, a song of lovers who must leave each other

Assuetude: accustomedness or habit

Umbrage: resentment

Lassitude: a state of physical/mental weariness

Vita: latin for ‘life’




7 thoughts on “Kilig

  1. maria says:

    Oh wow! You’ve actually managed to use the first four words! Plus, you’ve added some words here that some of us were not familiar of. Kudos! πŸ˜€

    Aww… A kilig that turned as gunita in the end. Sigh, life sometimes could be cruel.


  2. shaunkellett says:

    “`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves” Is one of the phrases I had stuck in my head whilst trying to come up with something for Kilig. Was quite distracting, and I thought there was nowhere I could go with it, but you’ve succeeded in proving me wrong! Haha. Very well crafted, and quite educational too!


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