The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary

Oh Mince My Maggots! This book is absolutely phizz-wizzing. It may not come as a surprise to his fans, but Roald Dahl invented over 500 swashboggling words and character names and now for the first time in celebration of this beloved author’s 100th birthday they’re all available in one dictionary. Compiled by lexicographer Dr Susan Rennie in conjunction with Oxford University Press this book claims to contain only the really interesting words. It is made up of the everyday words used by Dahl in his stories, as well as his invented words, character and place names.

The useful information spread at the beginning outlines the extras that this dictionary has to offer. As well as sparky synonyms and thousands of examples of Dahl’s usage of certain words in his writings, there are other features such as Ringbelling Rhymes that suggest words to the reader that may help them to write their own stories or poems. Try rhyming ‘pibbling’ with ‘dribbling’ or ‘sibling’, for example. A personal favourite of mine is the Gobblefunking feature which celebrates Dahl’s extraordinary talent for playing around with language and also explains tricky terms to the reader, such as ‘palindrome’, ‘spoonerism’ and ‘malapropism’.

It is almost impossible to think of Roald Dahl’s characters without Quentin Blake’s imaginative depictions of them springing to mind, so it’s fitting that his familiar illustrations decorate the pages throughout.

So for a gloriomptious experience, grab a bottle of frobscottle and some fizzwinkles, and curl up with this squiffling tribute to the splendiferous Roald Dahl.