What is the Hurkle-Durkle trend?

What is the Hurkle-Durkle trend?
Hurkle-Durkle: The Cozy TikTok Trend Celebrating Lazy Mornings
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Self-care can come in many different forms, with previous trends such as bed rotting rising to prominence online, but now the latest one everybody is talking about is called "hurkle-durkle".

This rhyming name isn't a new word, it dates back to the 1800s in Scotland where "hurkle-durkle" means "to lie in bed or lounge about when one should be up and about," according to Dictionaries of the Scots Language.

Two hundred years on, and the "hurkle-durkle" has since gone viral on TikTok thanks to a video from Kira Kosarin (@kirakosarin) who explained what it means to be a hurkler-durkler.

"Just thought you guys should know that the Scottish have a word for laying around in bed after it’s time to get up, and it’s called hurkle-durkling," Kira said.


hurkle-durkle, u deserve it <3

"I do be hurkling, and I do be durkling and once I’ve hurkled my last durkle in a given morning I will get up, but I’m a big fan of a hurkle-durkle."

The video has received 3.9m views, and 357,000 likes and thousands of people gave their verdict on the word they had just learned.

One person said: "As a scot I am sad I didn't know this word sooner I too like a good hurkle-durkle."

"Hurkle-durkle until I finally get up but then I dilly dally getting to work," another person wrote.

Someone else added: "I'm hurkle-durkling right now."

"Not me being Scottish and just hearing this now," a fourth person commented.

The reason why some Scots might not recognise the phrase is due to hurkle-durkle originating from a 19th-century dialect of southern Scots.

Countdown's Susie Dent also posted on Twitter/X back in January, the definition of what it means to "hurkle-durkle".

As the word is from the 19th century, one of the earliest recorded uses of "hurkle-durkle" is John Jamieson’s Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language from 1908.

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