Jabberwocky is a word describing meaningless speech or writing. The word Jabberwocky originates from the gloriously nonsensical poem “Jabberwocky” that was first published in the book “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There” in 1871. The poem (and the book) were wildly popular and by 1908 Jabberwocky was being used as a generic term for meaningless, nonsensical speech and writing.
Jabberwocky is a particularly favorite word of mine since I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t familiar with Alice in Wonderland or the silly and fantastical words that derived along her imaginative journeys. Of course, as a child I was terrified of the Jabberwocky and I was convinced that he would come out of the My Little Pony mirror that was in my closet (a combo of being an highly anxious soul and seeing a bit of the really creepy (to me) tv movie version in re-run). Then there was the poem “Jabberwocky” which was in my “A New Treasury of Children’s Poetry” complete with illustrations – I both loved and was frightened by it!
This is the illustration of the Jabberwocky (complete with beamish boy and Tumtum tree) by Judith Gwyn Brown that haunted my childhood. Now, however, I think it’s a rather adorable Jabberwocky, especially when compared to the John Tenniel illustration!
Much like mimsy, Jabberwocky is a word I adore and I simply can’t imagine my life without!
Namaste ~ Ella
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