Skip to main content

Who invented the word chortle?


Louis Carroll's 'Through the Looking Glass' (1872). To chortle is to a laugh at something which amuses or pleases you. It suggests a combination of the sound of chuckling (with amusement) and snorting (with derision).

Other Louis Caroll words and phrases in common use include: jaberwocky and galumping but, perhaps surprisingly, not mad as a  hatter.

English Language 100 FAQ Teaching Pack  only £1.99 using discount code CQDWKF0

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Which countries do not have an official language?

According to Henry Hitchings Language Wars (2011) these nations do not currently have an official primary language:

Why is English not the official language of England?

58 countries list English as an official language - but not the UK.