Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Q:  Is niddle a swear word?

 

A:   No.

 

Q:   Because, I don’t know, it kind of sounds —

 

A:   It isn’t.

 

Q:   Okay. What is a niddle, then?

 

A:   A niddle is a tiny, transitory puff of feeling.

 

Q:   A what?

 

A:   It’s one of these.

 

Q:   Cute. What do they do?

 

A:   Not much. They poof in and out of existence. They bounce around a lot. Probably you should mostly ignore them.

 

Q:   That one has teeth.

 

A:   It won’t bite.

 

Q:   Aaaaa!

 

A:   I lied.

 

Q:   What kind of place is this?! Is it safe? Can I show this website to my baby?

 

A:   The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not giving babies an Internet to chew on.

 

Q:   What about my grandmother?

 

A:   That’s up to the baby. Unless your grandmother minds being chewed on.

 

Q:   No, can I show this website to my grandmother?

 

A:   Of course! We love grandmothers. All grandmothers are welcome here!

 

Q:   Even mean ones?

 

A:   I … well, I don’t … what?

 

Q:   Grandmothers are people, right? Some of them must be real stinkers.

 

A:   Um. Yes?

 

Q:   Why are there so many frowny, confused-looking niddles all of a sudden?

 

A:   That’s about all the time we have for today —

 

Q:   Oo! Oooo. I get it.

 

A:   No you don’t. Get out.

 

Q:   Niddles are an externalization of small, subjective, emotional experiences that would otherwise be difficult to characterize or quantif—

 

A:   Go! Niddle off.

 

Q:   And by minimizing them, you hope to gain some sense of control over a chaotic—

 

A:   Look, niddle you, niddle your niddlesome grandmother,

and niddle the niddling niddle horse you niddled in on!

 

Q:   I thought you said it wasn’t a swear word.

 

A:   Oh, niddle.