Read: Today’s made-up word


Catherine Crosswell


Toes akin to giant wotsits

A marmite factory with a deadline

breed under thickened cloudy nails

sinking any flesh with an unbrisk brush


Scrape a digit over a hot buttered crumpet

reminiscing of the cow at 77 Compton Bassett

now dabbling with the same foul name

engrained in such a cheese bap mind


Homo sapiens are flexible for one true purpose

So raise and toast a foot up to your face

Gaze now at the festering Fusterbrothy

as the talons edge nearer, full of ripe set toffee

Prepare one’s palate and have a little taste


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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