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Feb 11, 2014
This week's theme
Coined words

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grok
frabjous
galumph
hobbit
newspeak
bandersnatch
doublethink

Alice Liddell, inspiration behind Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Alice Liddell, inspiration behind Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, dressed up as a beggar-maid from the story of Cophetua
Photo: Lewis Carroll, 1858

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with Anu Garg

frabjous

PRONUNCIATION:
(FRAB-juhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Wonderful; delightful.

ETYMOLOGY:
Coined by Lewis Carroll in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass. A blend of fair, fabulous, and joyous. See the text of the poem Jabberwocky.

USAGE:
“In a happy development for couch potatoes everywhere, Netflix last week announced a partnership with Epix entertainment channel. This is frabjous news.”
Monica Hesse; For Fans of Truly Bad Movies; The Washington Post; Aug 20, 2010.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Do not commit the error, common among the young, of assuming that if you cannot save the whole of mankind, you have failed. -Jan de Hartog, playwright and novelist (22 Apr 1914-2002)

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