word nerds, unite!

Last week I had a fun conversation via text message with my daughter who is away at college. Our mutual delight in words warms this mama’s heart. I began the conversation by sharing with her a word I came across in a J.R.R. Tolkien essay on Beowulf I was reading for my Anglo-Saxon lit class. I knew she’d appreciate it because her alias on Twitter and elsewhere is related:


She and I went back and forth on the meaning and wonder of the word, and then I shared with her the sentence in which Tolkien, a master of languages and words, used it:

For it is of their nature that the jabberwocks of historical and antiquarian research burble in the tulgy wood of conjecture, flitting from one tum-tum tree to another.

It’s fun to have another word nerd to enjoy it with me. 🙂

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