tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Sun Feb 21 23:31:23 1999

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Re: jebberwa'qay

In a message dated 2/19/1999 5:32:44 PM US Mountain Standard Time, writes:

<< Lewis Carroll contrived "chortle" to fit into a poem made substantially of
 near-nonsense words that sound like they mean something.  He was playing
 with the poetry of what he called "portmanteau words".  He was not trying
 to add to the English language a word it lacked.  He most definitely was not
 trying to express a specific concept clearly. >>

Ah, but he succeeded too well.  Speakers of English now use "chortle" and
"jabberwocky."  Even Webster's dictionary publishers gave in and included

Someday you and I will talk about how languages develop.


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