thoil (verb)(Source: wiktionary.com)
- (Yorkshire) To be able to justify the expense of a purchase.
- I loved those red shoes but I couldn't thoil it in addition to the new dress I'd bought.
As always, it's hard to tell whether this word is actually widely used or not (I could only find a few sources besides wiktionary, and they seem to have copied the definition verbatim from eachother), but it doesn't really matter: if it doesn't exist I think we should invent it, because it's really useful.
There are lots of dolls I want which I could technically afford, but can't really justify buying. Sometimes it's because would mean not being able to afford other things, sometimes it's just... too expensive to feel like fun, you know? When people talk about grail dolls it seems it's often rare vintage dolls, limited edition dolls, or just dolls that are impossibly expensive for whatever reason. Mine, on the other hand, are mostly just semiexpensive dolls that show up regularly on eBay or Mandarake, but that I just can't quite bring myself to shell out for. Depending on circumstances, it could even be an overpriced thrift store doll with an interesting face that I would like to own some day, but not for $10.
John aka oak23 mentioned he calls his "white whale dolls", because hunting them down would be more work than it's worth, but mine usually aren't even hard to find. Mostly they're just slightly too expensive. So: thoil dolls!
What about you? Are yours grail, thoil or white whale?