Word-High July: Gigil

Please visit here to learn more about this 30-day challenge.



This word is a happy word. It looks so much like “giggle” that it made me giggle when I first saw it.

Each year on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, this issue comes up, this uncontrollable urge to pinch someone that isn’t obviously wearing green. It is a tradition that is meant to be fun in our family, although I hear there are some folks that get very aggressive with it.

Chubby little baby cheeks are hard to resist, but those are meant for gentle squeezing, not anything at all painful.

When it has been a long time since I’ve seen a loved one or I have to leave them knowing it will be a long time before I see them again, I can’t resist squeezing them tightly in a hug. But sometimes I don’t know my own strength, so I have to be careful so that I don’t hurt them.

Please be sure to read David’s post over at Random Thoughts and Observations.

Please also visit our hostess Rosema over at Word-High July.

Disclaimer: These Filipino word images are from an article by Isabelle Laureta on BuzzFeed titled “36 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The Philippine Language”. All credit goes to them.

About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
This entry was posted in WordHighJuly, Writing Challenges and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

14 Responses to Word-High July: Gigil

  1. rosemawrites says:

    awww. love the gigil and giggle and your giggle!!! thank you for sharing dear Suz!! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Davy D says:

    A lovely post to take us into the weekend Suzanne. It seems we share some Irish heritage. Thank you for the post.

    Liked by 1 person

    • You’re welcome and thank you, Davy. The majority of my heritage is Irish, but also Scottish and Native American (Cherokee) and a few other things. I’m a mutt, basically.
      I have quite a few English ancestors, too. One of them was the high sheriff of London a zillion years ago. I’m a walking civil war on multiple continents. Have a blessed day.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Just Simply Linda says:

    I thought it did say giggle, smiles. I don’t like to be pinch, so I don’t do it anyone…smiles

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s