Friday, September 4, 2009


Roundup is at Crossover.

So I'm working on a manuscript that contains nonsense words, and of course, of course, I've had Lewis Carroll's bit of brilliance "Jabberwocky" on my mind.

Also, Ingrid Law's SAVVY, because I'm told it too has nonsense words, but with all the Tenner ARCS (new ALERT! coming just as soon as I get back from Decatur Book Festival!) I haven't had a chance to read it yet.

If you've got nonsense words, I'd love to hear 'em!


'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


  1. I memorized this poem in middle school and have never forgotten a word! Eve Merriam's poem "Weather" is a good one for nonsense words -- especially to use in the classroom.

  2. For quite some time, I had my daughters believing that "puttmuncker" is a real word. And this was fairly recently. Now we use it as a nonsense word, which is a lot of fun. It's also kind of fun to say!

    The cruise was a very nice way to travel with a group. Even being a group as small as 8, it was VERY NICE to know where we were going to have dinner each night without having to deal with reservations, etc. I don't know if I would do it with just Mark and myself because we like less organization in our vacations, but with the girls and my dad, it was perfect. At night, the girls were able to do things aboard the ship that I would never have allowed in a strange town. We always knew where they were and what activities were going on. Mark and I were able to go back to the room to relax at night, while the girls made friends and prowled around the ship. Great way to travel when you have family members of different ages.

    I am just catching up, but I hope that all is well with you, dear heart.



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