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Mimsy or frabjous? Lewis Carroll reading “Jabberwocky”

Jan 2, 2011 By Abraham

Update: Oops! Sorry…This isn’t Lewis Carroll reading. Not sure how I made that mistake…


  1. kayleen says:

    I actually did a linguistics project on this poem in college, surveying people to see what they thought words like “mimsy” and “frabjous” meant. Carroll amazes me.

      1. Jo_of_TSN says:

        This is my first time hearing his voice, and I have to agree on the creepiness factor.

        On another note, after my friends and I had to read this in Jr. High, we started adding “oh frabjuous day, callou callay” in normal conversation. We’re all college graduates now, but we still say it to this day.

  2. Katie Roche says:

    HA! HA, I say!!

    I vaguely remember arguing with my Brit Lit teacher about how to pronounce Carroll’s made up words in this poem. Turns out, I was right.

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