The Real Jabberwocky

Most of you who don’t know what jabberwocky means or where I got the name “Jabr-Woky” need not go any further… Jabberwocky basically means a surreal area where sense and nonsense collide…

The actual dictionary meaning (according to dictionary.com) is nonsensical speech or writing. A more elaborate contextual explanation would mean something of a play on neologisms and linguistic hieroglyphics, situated somewhere between mathematical theorem and literary pastime. (whatever that is…)

It’s no surprise then that the word was initially brought to light by none other than Lewis Carroll in a poem called “Jabberwocky”. Later on the Monty Python madman visionary Terry Gilliam gave us his take on Jabberwocky in his first movie venture of the same name.

And finally as I’m putting these nonsensical daily observations and ruminations in a 21st century web 2.0 blog format I just thought it apt to kind of cut it down to a shorter form “Jabr-Woky”. Much easier to type in and don’t really know if it sounds cool…

Anyways for those of you who are interested here’s the Lewis Carroll poem in its full whimsical glory…

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

”Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One two! One two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

”And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

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