When I saw today’s word I
immediately thought of two noggins.
First was these horizontal pieces in a building’s walls.
Have only ever heard the word noggin
used to describe them.
Google research today tells me they
are actually called ‘noggings‘
Whether wood or metal they will
always be noggins to me.
The second meaning of noggin was one’s head.
My Grade 6 teacher used the term frequently.
He also frequently applied a
single or double knuckle swizzer
(depending on the students crime)
to one’s noggin.
Never heard of a knuckle swizzer?
Clench your fist, tightly.
Note that the knuckle of your
second finger stands above the rest.
This was the single knuckle swizzer knuckle.
Usually applied, with a dramatic twist of the wrist,
to the back of a boys’ head because
he was not on task.
And we all survived. 🙂