Word of the Week

Carrying on the theme from last week, this week’s word is:

Chortle

Definition: to chuckle gleefully

You may wonder how or why this word is connected to Alice in Wonderland, but I discovered that Lewis Carroll coined this term in his 1872 novel, Through The Looking Glass, which is of course the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

It appears in the novel in a verse of the poem called ‘The Jabberwocky,’ in which Alice finds a book that can only be read using a mirror.

One, two! One, two! And through and through
  The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
  He went galumphing back.

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
  Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
  He chortled in his joy.

Here the old man “chortled in his joy” when his son beheads the terrible monster.

Today the word is widely thought to be a combination of ‘chuckle’ and ‘snort.’

I hope that something makes you all chortle over the next week!

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