On looking into Carroll’s Jabberwocky

Me: Three of the made-up words in that poem are real words now: chortle, burble and galumph.

Grace: That’s amazing!

Me: That’s nothing, Shakespeare made up at least half the words in the English language.

Grace: Like what?

Me: [at a loss] oh, you know: and, thetruck, saxophone

Grace: [giggles]

Me: [attempting to milk the gag] …sausage

Grace: Not funny, Dad. It’s too funny on its own. And it’s not random enough.


One response to “On looking into Carroll’s Jabberwocky

  1. She’s absolutely right. Kid has a bright future.

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