I’ve learnt a new word today, and the word is neologism. And Roald Dahl Day is a fine day to learn it. Neologism is what Dahl did best. Or at least one of the many things he did best. Neologism is a newly invented word. And Dahl was always newly inventing words.
The BFG is full of neologisms. Infact the BFG himself has an entire language of them. And it’s called – yet another neologism – Gobblefunk. Getting words mixed up is the BFG’s speciality. Dahl loved playing with words. Adding the start of one word to the ending of another. Sogmire is a soggy quagmire. Or spoonerisms: Dahls Chickens, is a spoonerism of Charles Dickens.
Children love the slightly naughty word play. It’s like a secret language that goes outside the rules of English. It’s a bit silly and a bit disruptive, and would the grownups entirely approve? The grownups on the other hand, might be chuckling into their fizzwiggler too. If you read it as an adult, the words also sound ever so slightly suggestive. I’m sure this wasn’t lost on Dahl.
So in honour of Roald Dahl day, we’ve invented our own neologisms. We present our DYP InsultOMatic. Create your own signature insult be using the initial letters of your first name and last name to pick a word from each column. We challenge you, on this most auspicious day, to get your new insult into conversation. Let us know how you get on!
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