J is for Jabberwocky
In my ditsy moments, you know those moments when your brain refuses to communicate properly with your mouth, I have been on the receiving end of many a strange look by those subject to my nonsensical tongue. I’ve even been known to make up my own vocabulary during momentary brain freezes. Luckily, my fingers cooperate far better with my brain than my mouth, which as a writer is quite important.
The word jabberwocky, which I think is brilliant, originated in the 20th century and seems to have been coined by Lewis Carroll. It is the title of one of his nonsense poems in his novel, Through the Looking Glass. Here’s a taster of Carroll’s take on nonsensical language:
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
(From Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll)
Have you blurted out jabberwocky during those crazy times? Have you had any embarrassing moments when your mouth refuses to cooperate with your brain?