Tag: Roald Dahl

An image from Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach

Which Roald Dahl character are you?

The works of Roald Dahl abound with indelibly-drawn characters, from the magnanimously awful Trunchbull to the suddenly youthful Grandpa Joe. In the realm of children’s literature, his books are notable for their treatment of children as more like small adults who are, it should be noted, often more capable than their actual adult counterparts. Take a trip […]

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From muggle to whizzpopper: invented words in children’s literature

When Roald Dahl invented words such as lickswishy, which describes the way English boys taste to giants in The BFG (1982), and whizzpoppers, the enjoyable propelling farts produced by the same giants after they drink frobskottle, he was following in a tradition among children’s writers of coining neologisms that dates back at least as far […]

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The language of Roald Dahl is scrumdiddlyumptious

The language of Roald Dahl

A teacher friend of mine claims that she can spot them by the way they hang around her desk before assembly waiting to be asked something. She’s a kind soul, far more Miss Honey than Miss Trunchbull […]

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