Lewis Carroll's coinages

May 09, 2017
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Lewis Carroll contributed some of the most inspirational writing in history to the world. With his remarkable manipulation of language, he captured the imaginations not only of children, but of aspiring writers, readers and everyone else who came in contact with his word. His most well-known character of course, is Alice, and her adventures in Wonderland and through the looking glass will be forever remembered with great joy and appreciation.

And we at the Macquarie Dictionary will remember them just as fondly. In fact, Lewis Carroll has also contributed a number of words to the Australian English language. He invented a great number of new words, and while not all of them made it into widespread circulation, many did.

We have gathered a few together to celebrate the many neologisms that Carroll contributed to modern language.

Are there any others you know and think should be included? We'd love to find out. You can Suggest a word here  or comment below.

 

 

 

 

Lewis Carroll words in Macquarie Dictionary cheshire cat Lewis Carroll words in Macquarie Dictionary galumph

Lewis Carroll words in Macquarie Dictionary portmanteau word Lewis Carroll words in Macquarie Dictionary rabbit hole

Lewis Carroll words in Macquarie Dictionary tweedledum and tweedledee Lewis Carroll words in Macquarie Dictionary chortle

Lewis Carroll words in Macquarie Dictionary frabjous Lewis Carroll words in Macquarie Dictionary jabberwocky


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anthony - May 10, 2017, 4:13 p.m.

what about mimsy?


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Macquarie Dictionary Admin - May 11, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

Yes, mimsy is one of Carroll's coinages – a blend of miserable and flimsy. Another nice one is slithy – a blend of slimy and lithe. While popular in reference to his poem Jabberwocky, they don't have general currency in Australian English, so aren't in our dictionary. More on this here - https://goo.gl/VSJBiv


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