Runcible Spoon: What it is and what it wants.

Runcible Spoon, a webzine aimed at showcasing the best in contemporary poetry and prose, is calling for submissions. If you would like see your work on the site, see submission guidelines by clicking Runcible Spoon Submissions. You can also support their literary endeavors by following them on Facebook here.

On a side note, I also looked up what a “runcible spoon” is. The word “runcible” is a nonsense word invented by Edward Lear. The word appears (as an adjective) several times in his works, most famously as the “runcible spoon” used by the Owl and the Pussycat.

The word “runcible” was apparently one of Lear’s favorite inventions, appearing in several of his works in reference to a number of different objects.

In 1926, the term “runcible spoon” was given a definition by Oxford English Dictionary, Notes & Queries when they published the line “A runcible spoon is a kind of fork with three broad prongs or tines, one having a sharp edge, curved like a spoon, used with pickles.” So… like a bladed spork.

Someone was having fun that day… or trying to cover their ignorance. Either way, we have a great, nonsense word to play with. Runcible by itself has no meaning yet. Yet.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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4 Responses to Runcible Spoon: What it is and what it wants.

  1. I submitted “Pain Relief,” a short story I recently did. Anyone else submitting?

  2. Marge Simon says:

    You burst my bubble! My mother told me it was a folding spoon, the kind you take on camping trips. All these years, I was sure there was such a thing. Thanks, Angela!

  3. Robin says:

    Cible is french for target.
    Suffix. -ible. An adjective suffix, now usually in a passive sense; forms adjectives meaning “able to be”, “relevant or suitable to, in accordance with”, or expressing capacity or worthiness in a passive sense.

    Interesting note – run has 645 meanings.

    The runcible spoon is the one I grab when I’m digging into a fresh pint of Ben & Jerry’s!

    • Marge Simon says:

      Ha ha, Robin! What flavor? Chocolate chunk? Butter brickle (don’t know if they have that) –needs to be speared as well as spooned!

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