“But perhaps you have no appetite. Rather than being an esquire trenchant, you merely pingle your food, which is a sure prognosticator of melancholy. To pingle is to push food around on your plate without really eating much of it. It’s an old word, and an obscure one at that, which appears in an 1823 dictionary of Suffolk dialect (vital if you ever find yourself in Long Melford with a time machine):

PINGLE. To eat a little, without appetite. ‘I heen’t no stomach for my wittels. I jest pingle a bit’.”

– from “The Horologicon” by Mark Forsyth

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