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Roald Dahl: Books

Frobscottle, delumptious, Oompa-Loompa – you might recognise these words from many a bedtime reading of Roald Dahl, but did you know that they’re all examples of gobblefunk? That’s the name Roald Dahl gave to the words he invented and used in his phizz-whizzing stories. Explore the marvellous world of Dahl's language with these books from Oxford University Press.

This is a real thesaurus for all chiddlers and even some adult human beans. It features hundreds of spliffling words used and created by the world's best storyteller, Roald Dahl, together with useful synonyms, related words and phrases, idioms and word origins.
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This is not an ordinary dictionary. Lots of dictionaries tell you what an ‘alligator’ is, or how to spell ‘balloon’, but they won’t explain the difference between a ‘ringbeller’ and a ‘trogglehumper’, or say why witches need ‘gruntles’ eggs’, or suggest a word for the shape of a ‘Knid’. All the words that Roald Dahl invented are here, with real citations from Roald Dahl’s children’s books and illustrations by Quentin Blake, to inspire and encourage young writers and readers.
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Cheeky chiddlers can get creative using Roald Dahl’s mischievous language. Plus get ready to be goose-gruggled and fluckgungled by the raft of snippets of serious language facts they will learn too.
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