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Wednesday Wordlore

Wednesday Wordlore

Jabberwocky

The poem “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll is famous in literature for its use of nonce words (words that don’t exist in any dictionary).

 

The opening lines are as follows:

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.'

 

Jabberwocky can be found in “Through the Looking Glass” a sequel to his better known Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. As an accomplished writer and mathematician, he took great pleasure in word play and word creation.

This week’s column is dedicated to words coined by Lewis Carroll which are now part of the English Language.

How many can you unscramble?

  1. Jumboo
  2. Trochle
  3. Fourjabs
  4. Humplag
  5. Wackyjobber
  6. Simmy
  7. Ranks
  8. Proval
  9. Grey

 

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