Read: today’s made-up word


Alison Dunevein


At twelve she could fairly be described as middle aged.

A scrap of grey flecked chocolately fur, Spaniel ears and Jack Russell paws.

A matriarch who likes her world Undisturbed by things out of place.

She’s the fun police, with a yap to stop a boisterous game or noisy puppy.

Elegant, dignified and never sloppy.


But on a snow blanketed day,

or when a sneaky spring breeze scuffles her silky ears.

When she thinks nobody’s watching; the ScwappidiWabbit appears.


It tickles her paws and tingles her tail; It wiggles her bottom and stirs up her heart until the ScwappidiWabbit bursts right out.


She kerpings and she pounces, she skitters and scootles, all bouncy limbed and ears flying out behind her.

Such joy and abandon has she, when the ScwappidiWabbit’s set free!


This piece of writing is featured in PEN’s e-book, “The Dictionary of Made-Up Words”, made in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom. Read the whole book!



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