Roald Dahl, who was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter and fighter pilot, remembered for his witty, beautifully written children’s books, the author having created some of our most beloved fictional characters.
He often used incredibly unique words to describe the vivid worlds of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda.
So on the eve of Dahl’s 100th birthday, the Oxford English Dictionary has added numerous new words and phrases made famous by Dahl to honour him.
Here are six of the newly added words.
Golden ticket:-This word is a reference from his book “Charlie and the chocolate factory”, the terrific 1964 children’s novel. The OED’s definition is: “Ticket; one that grants the holder a valuable or exclusive prize, experience, opportunity etc.
Dahlesque:-An adjective which makes its first appearance in OED with a first quotation from 1983 in which a collection of stories is praised for its “Dahlesque delight in the bizarre”. Implying something resembles or has the characteristics of Dahl’s work, “typically characterized by eccentric plots, villainous or loathsome adult characters, and gruesome or black humour.”
Witching Hour: – “A special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world to themselves.” Dahl is not the only who used this word, It was Shakespeare who first used “Witching time” In Hamlet.
Oompa Loompa: – This is another word that originate from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Oompa Loompa Is a character in movie they are orange, white eyebrows and green hair and really short and fat/chubby.
Scrumdiddlyumptious: – Originally found in The American Thesaurus of Slang in 1942, ‘scrumdiddlyumptious’ became a household word following the release of The BFG.
Human bean:- However, the first use of the ‘human bean’ dates back to British satirical magazine Punch, who used the phrase in 1842.