Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Gobblefunk

COMING SOON: THE LISTS OF NOTE BOOK!


As he was writing The BFG in the early-1980s, author Roald Dahl set about creating a new vocabulary for the story's enormous protagonist — a 238-word language that he ultimately named, "Gobblefunk." Words that made the cut included, "humplecrimp," "swallomp," "crumpscoddle," and, most memorably, "snozzcumber." A selection of others can be seen here.

The list below was written by Dahl as he brainstormed, and offers a snapshot of "Gobblefunk" in its infancy.

My flawed attempt at a transcript follows. It wasn't an easy job.

(Source: Oxford Dictionaries; Image above: The BFG, via Roald Dahl Museum.)



Transcript
The Fleshlumpeating Giant

a notmucher, a sqeakpip.

cronky
crinky
corky
blivver(ing)
stoching
protching
mickering (aww)

manhugging giant
fizzlecump
bottle wart
gumplewink
swigfiddle
squiffsquiddle
flushbuckling
whopsy-waddling
pongswizzler
scumscrewer
bagblurter
fizzwiggler
spitzwargler
spitzwoggler
buzzbunger
bizzfizz
buzzfuzz
baghangar
bophanger
wash-hinger
spongewiggler
codswallop
muckfrumping
splatchwinkling
crodscollop
shardlelly
spatchwinkle
swishfiggler
swogglewop
gunzleswipe
pifflemutter

troggy
paggle
pibbling
dibbling
ristling
blunketing
pranky
filking
pilching
scoddling
slidger
squiggling
squibbling
squinkling
squeakling
scumping
scuddling
swiddling
squiffling
slunging
grobbled
squiffly-jumpsy

rag-rasper
rotrasper

scrumplet
squiffler
sludge
pong-ping-pong

jumpsy
dropsy
swipsy
kicksey
fruggler
grobswitch
crodswitch
kickswitch
grobby
lickswitch
dissible
sliggy

bunkledoodle
grob fatch
grobswitch
wimplesquiffer
snipply
grilky
gronky
grouty
cream puffnut

snog winker
ring beller
phizz-whizz
chidler or tottle = child
schweinwein
squinky
scud
squeakpip