Good morning! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I got quite a bit of reading done and enjoyed the beautiful weather – a recipe for two perfect days off. For this new week, Wordsmith has chosen five words coined by Lewis Carroll in his poem “Jabberwocky.” While Wordsmith says your odds are higher to win the lottery or get struck by lightening than to coin your own word and see it in the pages of a dictionary, Mr. Carroll gives us a little bit of hope. Enjoy your week!

galumph (guh-LUMF)

verb intransitive: to move clumsily or heavily

Etymology
Coined by Lewis Carroll in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass A blend of gallop + triumph

Usage
If you saw me galumph around my apartment as I did this morning you would be able to tell I got little sleep last night.


slithy (SLY-thee)

adjective: smooth and active; slimy; slithery

Etymology
Coined by Lewis Carroll in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass. A blend of slimy + lithe

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“He’s still inclined to take the law into his own hands when it needs to be taken — in this case, against a couple of slithy loan sharks.”
Pick of the Day; The Times (London, UK); May 9, 2015


chortle (CHOR-tuhl)

noun: a joyful laugh
verb transitive, intransitive: to laugh in a joyful manner

Etymology
Coined by Lewis Carroll in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass. A blend of chuckle + snort

Usage
My chortle was not appreciated, as I mistook her seriousness for a joke.


bandersnatch (BAN-duhr-snach)

noun: 1. A fast and ferocious wild creature.
2. An uncouth or bizarre person.

Etymology
Coined by Lewis Carroll in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass. The name of a fictional creature

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“A momma-bear-sized bandersnatch was lumbering toward them, drool oozing out of her spiky-toothed jaw.”
Shannon Hale; Ever After High; Little, Brown; 2014.


frabjous (FRAB-juhs)

adjective: wonderful, delightful

Etymology
Coined by Lewis Carroll in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass. A blend of fair, fabulous, and joyous. See the text of the poem Jabberwocky

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“In a happy development for couch potatoes everywhere, Netflix last week announced a partnership with Epix entertainment channel. This is frabjous news.”
Monica Hesse; For Fans of Truly Bad Movies; The Washington Post; Aug 20, 2010.

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