I’m Going MAD.

This post will be entirely about the usage of the word “chortle” and will only be written for Mr. Long’s enjoyment. (Feel free to keep reading and chortle along with me)

As it happens, the word “chortle” originates from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. Coincidence that we are reading Carroll’s book, and I happened to use this word in a previous blog entry? Entirely. While conducting a deep investigation upon this word, I chortled when I discovered it’s origin. Indeed, the word “chortle” is a mad word, and it comes from the mind of a mad man. Most likely a combination of “chuckle” and “snort”, this word never goes through the mind of it’s reader without causing a chucklesnort to be released from the mouth of the reader.

What a great word it is! Indeed, a great word! It’s as if I am reading a word which came straight from a blender! How tasty. And it does not surprise that this word can be used as a noun (a breathy, gleeful laugh) and a verb (laugh in a breathy, gleeful way; chuckle). A very useful word!

Among this super fab combo-word are many other far out words which have been blended to make silly or politically correct terms; like this early product of the 19th century, squiggle (a short line that curls and loops in an irregular way). More blended words include liger, Bollywood, spork. More words which have been created by Lewis Carroll include beamish and galumph, all of which I will attempt to use in this sentance:

The famous Bollywood liger chortled while galumphing, trying to keep up with a rather beamish Portuguese dodo bird which has pilfered his spork (for it seemed rather puerile to be chasing a dodo bird around in squiggles in the first place).


5 Responses to “I’m Going MAD.”

  1. 1 Vance L.
    December 3, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I really enjoyed this blog. It was brillig and though it would make most mome raths outgrabe, I thought you snicker-snacked your way to the heart of the matter. Your mimsy ideas/humor and vorpal sarcasm made it an enjoyable read.

    I must admit however that I was frumious that the manxome Liger succeeded in pilfering the slithy spork.

    It does not come as a surprise to me that some of Carroll’s make-believe words are now part of the common tongue and the english dictionary. His work is so popular that much of his fantasy creations and nonsensical writings are commonplace classics.

  2. 2 Darcy S.
    November 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Isn’t that interesting? It takes so many yeras of primitive communication to turn signals into language into a sophisticated vernacular. And to think, it is so easily molded by advancement in techonology and new sprouting interests. Language is a peculiar thing. Humans can get on communicating to each other by body language and signs, but since the turn of technology, our capability to communicate physically has dwindled and become difficult to do and understand.

    Even our ways of speaking have changed. Due to the current obsession of efficiancy and minimizing our time spent talking, we have divided our ways of speaking into formal speaking and slang. It has become so extreme that one must become a complete different person when switching from lexicon to lexicon. It’s so easy to create new slang words because in a few hours, the entire world can be using new words. Communicating to someone on the other side of the ocean has become so simple now that it doesn’t have much meaning anymore because it hardly requires any effort. Very sad.

    However, we don’t have to fear losing the sophisticated vernacular which has been around for many years. Currently, we are reading a book over a hundred years old! If it is so easy to preserve such works of literature then they will certainly be used later in time to educate children. On the other hand, the interest in such works has greatly decreased with the turn of the century, so the teaching of writing and reading traditional language may completely die out with our addiction to modern styles rapidly increasing.

    Scary thoughts.

  3. 3 Hersh T.
    November 10, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Hahahahahaha. That was actually quite enjoyable to read. The portmanteauation of words allowed for a new view upon the surroundings that encompass this universe. Just thinking of all the possibilities this outlook creates sets my mind a-buzzing. When combining words we realize how malleable our language really is. What is language? Language really is quite easy to change and mold and so it really scares me when I think about it. How did we establish our language and why is it how it is? If Shakespeare was so easily able to add new words to our language, and even now words like “google” have been added to our language, then why does it matter what we establish as a foundation. Sure it is growing and adapting to new technology and ideas but does that not shake the foundation of the language. I do not wish for us to still be speaking “ye olde” english but it would be nice to preserve some of the more unique and transcendent qualitites of the English language.

  4. 4 Darcy S.
    November 10, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Thank you Connor.

  5. November 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    The term for the combining of words is portmanteau, just so you know.

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