20 'Giganticus'  Roald Dahl Words


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Over one hundred years ago, a marvellous man called Roald Dahl came into the world. Born in Wales on 13 September 1916, Roald Dahl soared to literary fame in the 1940's, captivating the nation with some of the most celebrated children's books of our time: The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Jame and the Giant Peach and more.  

Roald Dahl combined fantasy, horror and folklore to create a never seen before type of story, that enchanted readers. His stories included fantastic tales of witches, giants, talking insects and telekinesis; which often feature the heroes of unlikely children.  

Dahl crafted funny, heart-wrenching and brutal narratives told from the perspective of children. Giving a voice to orphans, poor kids and the bullied through a platform of magical lands, mythical creatures, scary monsters and wilful adults.  It's no surprise, that many of his books inspired directors and producers who adapted his works into films that stretched his legacy into the 21st century  ― every title above has made it onto the big screen; even the 1984 hit classic “Gremlins” is said to be partly inspired by a story wrote in 1942.

Like authors before him― Lewis Carroll, Dr Seuss, and Charles Dickens ― Roald Dahl’s literature is especially unique because it’s based on a language without boundaries. His characters speak in onomatopoeia, anagrams and alliteration; choosing to say “Human beans” instead of “human being” or “churgle” instead of “laugh.” Terms like “Razztwizzler” define a thing (in this case, something wonderfully exciting or enjoyable), is so extraordinary and yet understandable, that Dahl's tendency to create entire sentences in Dahlian gibberish only elevated his character's’ ability to communicate complex concepts like fear and hate.

In honour of the world's  


No1 storytellers birthday, we have culled our top ten Dahlian gibberish to indulge your imagination - will exhibiting one man’s contribution to literary history.

From “bish” to “ Telly-telly bunkum box,” these are just 20 of the magnificent expressions the late, great author left behind

  1. Argy (verb): If giants or human beans or cattlerpiddlers are argying, they are having an argument.

“One of the biggest chatbags is the cattlepiddlers ... They is argying all the time about who is going to be the prettiest butterfly.” -The BFG

  1. Bundongle (noun): A bundongle is something that contains only air.

“I thought all human beans is full of brains, but your head is emptier than a bundongle.” -The BFG

  1. Bish (verb): If you bish something, you ruin it.

“’This is it!’ he whispered to himself under his breath. ‘The greatest moment of my life is coming up now! I mustn’t bish it. I mustn’t bosh it! I must keep very calm.’” -Esio Trot

  1. Bundongle (noun): A bundongle is something that contains only air.

“I thought all human beans is full of brains, but your head is emptier than a bundongle.” -The BFG

  1. Churgle (verb): When you churgle, you gurgle with laughter.

“The fact that it was none other than Boggis’s chickens they were going to eat made them churgle with laughter every time they thought of it.” -Fantastic Mr. Fox

  1. Crodsquinkled (adjective): If a giant is crodsquinkled, he is in a hopeless situation.

“’I is slopgroggled!’ squakwed the Gizzardgulper. ‘I is crodsquinkled!’ yowled the Bloodletter.” -The BFG

  1. Catasterous (adjective): A catasterous situation is very bad indeed, and a catasterous disastrophe is the worst of all.

“’Catasterous!’ cried the BFG. ‘Upgoing bubbles is a catasterous disastrophe!’” -The BFG

  1. Diddly (adjective): Individual or distinct.

“Every human bean is diddly and different. Some is scrumdiddlyumptious and some is uckyslush.” -The BFG

  1. Daddle (verb): If you daddle, you run very fast.

“So start to run! Oh, skid and daddle / Through the slubber slush and sossel! / Skip jump hop and try to skaddle! / All the grobes are on the roam!” -Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

  1. Dreadly (adjective): A dreadly creature, such as the dreadly vindscreen-viper, is feared because it is so dreadly.

“’Save our souls!’ bellowed the Fleshlumpeater. ‘Sound the crumpets! ... The teeth of the dreadly viper is still sticking into me!’” -The BFG

  1. Exunckly (adverb): If you say “exunckly” to someone, you are agreeing with what they have just said.

“It’s a funny thought,’ Sophie said. ‘Exunckly,’ the BFG said.” -The BFG

  1. Fizzwiggler (noun): A fizzwiggler is someone who is mean and cruel. The BFG thinks that Mrs. Clonkers is a real fizzwiggler because she is cruel to the children in the norphanage.

“’The filthy old fizzwiggler!’ shouted the BFG. ‘That is the horridest thing I is hearing for years!’” -The BFG

  1. Flavory-savory (adjective): Sweet and delicious, as fresh walnuts taste to monkeys.

“A walnut fresh from the tree is scrumptious-galumptious, so flavory-savory, so sweet to eat that it makes me all wobbly just thinking about it.”-The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

  1. Frumpet (noun): If you call someone a frumpet (not that you would), you mean that they are old and unattractive.

“Mrs. Twit ... suddenly called out at the top of her voice, ‘Here I come, you grizzly old grunion! You rotten old turnip! You filthy old frumpet!’” -The Twits

  1. Giganticus (adjective): Grand and spectacular.

“’So now!’ barked the Grand High Witch. ‘So now I am having a plan! I am having a giganticus plan for getting rrrid of every single child in the whole of Inkland!’” -The Witches

  1. Grinksludging (adjective): A grinksludging dream is one that is no fun at all.

“If I is giving a girl’s dream to a boy ... the boy would be waking up and thinking what a rotbungling grinksludging old dream that was.” -The BFG

  1. Horrigust (adjective): Something horrigust is truly horrible and disgusting.

“You is saying it is grizzling and horrigust for giants to be eating human beans, right or left?” -The BFG

  1. Jumpsy (adjective): If you feel jumpsy, you feel anxious and the slightest thing will make you jump.

“’I is nervous myself,’ the BFG whispered. ‘I always gets as jumpsy as a joghopper when the Fleshlumpeating Giant is around.’” -The BFG

  1. Natterbox (noun): A natterbox is someone who cannot stop talking, usually about nothing in particular.

“Spiders is also talking a great deal. You might not be thinking it, but spiders is the most tremendous natterboxes.” -The BFG

  1. Razztwizzler (noun): Something wonderfully exciting or enjoyable.

“I must say it’s quite an experience,’ Sophie said. ‘It’s a razztwizzler,’ the BFG said. ‘It’s gloriumptious.’” -The BFG

Our favourite: Zozimus (noun): Zozimus is what dreams are made of. The BFG whisks zozimus with an eggbeater until it forms bubbles just like soapy water.

“Dreams is not like human beans or animals. They has no brains. They is made of zozimus.” -The BFG

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A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.