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Apr 20, 2016
This week’s theme
Words coined by Lewis Carroll

This week’s words
galumph
slithy
chortle
bandersnatch
frabjous

Alice in Wonderland sculpture, Central Park, New York
Alice and friends, Central Park, NY
Sculpture: Jose de Creeft, 1959
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chortle

PRONUNCIATION:
(CHOR-tuhl)

MEANING:
noun: A joyful laugh.
verb tr., intr.: To laugh in a joyful manner.

ETYMOLOGY:
Coined by Lewis Carroll in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass. A blend of chuckle + snort.

USAGE:
“How the 1-percenters would chortle at the thought that the three currently highest valued state houses in the country outside Auckland ... when added together could barely purchase the boat ramp and perhaps a bathroom door on the incinerated Waiheke estate.”
Rosemary McLeod; Lifestyles of the Flaming Rich; The Dominion Post (New Zealand); Mar 17, 2016.

See more usage examples of chortle in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies. -Pietro Aretino, satirist and dramatist (20 Apr 1492-1556)

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