Dimples pimples and wimples


A dimple is a small depression in the cheeks usually seen prominently when someone smiles.  Some people’s dimples can be seen permanently, others when they crease their face up to grin, smile or laugh.  They seem to be held in high regard and you can be considered more attractive for having dimples.


A pimple is not something you wish to get rid of quickly.  It is an inflamed spot on the skin, often on the face and the bane of teenagers’ lives.  Some suffer much more than others from them.


A wimple is an old-fashioned headdress worn by nuns and formerly by some women covering their head and necks.

The only other rhyme for these words seems to be the adjective simple.

Amazingly the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson managed to combine them in a verse of his poem Lilian:

So innocent-arch, so cunning-simple,
From beneath her gathered wimple
Glancing with black-bearded eyes,
Till the lightning laughters dimple
The baby-roses in her cheeks;
Then away she flies. 


Slapdash and slipshod

Two lovely words for a not so lovely concept. They mean doing something in a hurried and careless way. Nonetheless, they have a nice sound to them.

Joe, this homework is not acceptable. It is very slapdash and you need to take more time and care over it.


The council took a very slapdash approach to the road repairs and within two months the old potholes were back.

Slipshod means much the same and derives from a Hindi term describing shoes that are worn down at the heel.
Thanks to the builder’s slipshod work, the roof has already sprung a leak.


It was clear from Marga’s slipshod way of working that she would not last a month in the job.