Do you know anyone who snorts when they laugh? I do; therefore, I might write something to the effect of, “Melonee snorts when she laughs!”
Amusing, to be sure, but how verbose!
In 1871, Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There introduced the word chortle to the world. Chortle combines chuckle and snort to create a new word. Carroll penned chortle as one of several nonsense words in “Jabberwocky”, a masterpiece of nonsense poetry. While most of the nonsense words in “Jabberwocky” never caught on, chortle did. It’s in the dictionary today, having made the honorable trek from nonsense to sense.
Therefore, thanks to Carroll, I can be frugally wordful, writing instead, “Melonee chortles!”
The Knights of the Mightier Pen gather in the hallowed halls of the Regis School in Houston, Texas, to share their tales and poems.