Monday, April 18, 2016

Say the word

Apparently the word for Tuesday is "slithy." Meaning "Smooth and active; slimy; slithery." It's of course from the opening of "Jabberwocky", which if it isn't the best-known passage in Lewis Carroll could be his most famous bit of original poetry.

I think I'll try to work it into at least one conversation. If said conversation doesn't die on the spot it will come back stronger.


susan said...

So long as the conversation turns on the poem it would be a fine one to overhear:

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

For a nonsense poem it still makes a lot of sense.

I got that email about 'slithy' this morning too. I can't remember now when I joined the wordsmith group but I've learned a lot of previously unknown English words.

Ben said...

It's funny that in the middle of guiding his heroine through this fantasy world, Lewis Carroll gave his readers a glimpse of another fantasy world within that. And they both make a kind of left field sense.

Somewhere along the line checking out the wordsmith site and sharing the word of the day became a ritual for me. It's a broad array of words on offer, and Anu Garg is very good about provideing context.