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Reliving some of Roald Dahl’s most memorable made-up vocabulary

Celebrating the birth centenary of one of the best children’s authors by reliving some of his most memorable made-up vocabulary.

brunch Updated: Apr 14, 2017 08:29 IST
Roald Dahl answers a telephone while filming an episode of the science fiction show
Roald Dahl answers a telephone while filming an episode of the science fiction show "Way Out" in Central Park, New York.(Getty Images)

On September 13, 1916, a man named Roald Dahl was born. This man turned out to be one of the best children’s authors of our times (what a waste of a childhood if you never read him!). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory made us want to get lost in a chocolate land, George’s Marvellous Medicine gave us evil ideas to make that bully you hated drink a deathly potion.

And you wouldn’t be surprised if you came across a weird-sounding expression that never existed in the dictionary – Dahl loved cooking words up. As Dahl completes a centenary this year, we tell you what some of his words mean and how to use them on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Use them at your own risk!

Trogglehumper: One of your worst nightmares.Usage: My trogglehumper would be to see godman MSG in yet another film!

Bundongle: Something that contains only air. Usage: Your head is emptier than a bundongle (when you’re just simply frustrated with someone).

Crodsquinkled: If you are crodsquinkled, you are a hopeless situation.Usage: You are crodsquinkled when it comes to asking out a girl – even Internet Explorer would be faster than you. #TumseNaHoPayega

Dispunge: Something you hate or loathe.Usage: What we dispunge on a Sunday – the thought of Monday, what else.

Gollup: A big gulp or swallow.
Usage: The rate at which your mom makes hot dosas is inversely proportional to the speed at which you gollup them down.

Grinksludging: A dream that is no fun at all.
Usage: I dreamt I was interviewing Hrithik Roshan. Over email. Talk of anti-climaxes and grinksludging dreams, duh!

Plexicated: Something that is complicated and difficult to do or make.
Usage: Today, I managed to make those plexicated rotis and they turned out round! Perfect shaadi material now. #PappuPassHoGaya

Razztwizzler: Something wonderfully exciting or enjoyable.Usage: The Coldplay gig is going to be a razztwizzler. Only if we manage to sell a kidney and get those tickets, obviously.

From HT Brunch, September 25, 2016

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