Ronald Dahl: the best gobblefunk words


The BFG holds up a bottle of frobscottle, the delicious green fizzy drink that giants drink instead of water. Warning: if you drink a lot, you end up whizzpopping (This illustrations is used in the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary). Illustration: Quentin Blake, with permission from A P Watt at United Agents on behalf of Quentin Blake

Did you know Roald Dahl invented 500 words and character names, from the Oompa-Loompas and whizzpopping to the less well known humplecrimp, lixivate and zoonk?

Susan Rennie, chief editor of The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, takes us on phizz-whizzing tour of the most scrumdiddlyumptious



Which of Ronald Dahl’s 500+ words is your favorite word to hear spoken aloud, see in written form, or define its use and meaning in your world?

My absolute all-time favorite Dahl word is Scrumdiddlyumptious — defined in the Oxford Ronald Dahl Dictionary as food that is utterly delicious.

“The Fleshlumpeating Giant is very keen to eat the Queen, as he thinks she will have β€˜an especially scrumdiddlyumptious flavour.’ ”



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