Jabberwocky, for anyone unfamiliar with Lewis Carroll’s poem, has come to mean “
Have you ever coined a term? Made up a word out of thin air? Carroll certainly did! As you slowly, carefully read his poem, Jabberwocky, what comes to mind? Do you struggle with the meanings of his made-up words, or do you imagine meanings for them and enjoy the rhythm and sound of the words themselves?
At least one of the words Lewis Carroll invented and introduced in Jabberwocky is commonly used, today. I’ll bet you’ve used it, yourself, at some point. Do you know which word it is? Think, makd your guess, then click to find out:
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See if you can write a poem – or just a paragraph – mostly consisting of words you’ve plucked from thin air. Will you share it with us in the comments? For what it’s worth, I don’t care if you think you’re not a writer – give it a try. Think of it like singing in the shower. We’re all listening through the door, but we won’t laugh. Because we’re pretty sure we couldn’t do it any better.
If that’s what you’re afraid of – that we’ll say we won’t laugh, but we really will, try thinking of it this way, Doc: “Laughter is the best medicine.” See if you can cure us all.
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