Babble like the BFG

Roald Dahl’s absolutely squiffling children’s novel The BFG is coming to cinemas on June 30!

rsz_9780141365428If you’ve never read it, The BFG centres around little orphan named Sophie, who is abducted in the middle of the night by a mysterious figure… “something very tall and very black and very thin”. It turns out that her very tall abductor is a GIANT, and not just any giant, but a friendly giant. (Trust us, the friendly part is important).
Slowly the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and Sophie become friends and he introduces her to a world she never knew existed.

Throughout the book the BFG uses a language all of his own, as he says “Words… is oh such a twitch-tickling problem to me all my life.”
A mish-mash of familiar words, it can be a little bit confusing to figure out what he means, so we’ve decoded a few for you.  Feel free to throw them into everyday babblements to make them more interesting!

Babblements: Conversations, e.g. “We is having an interesting babblement about the taste of the human bean.”

Whoopsey-splunkers: Splendid, e.g. “How whoopsey-splunkers! How absolutely squiffling! l is all of a stutter.” 

Whizzpopper: To break wind, e.g. “Us giants is making whizzpoppers all the time! Whizzpopping is a sign of happiness.”

Right or left?:  Right or wrong, e.g. “Meanings is not important, said the BFG. I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.”

Delumptious: Delicious, e.g. “Delumptious fizzy frobscottle…”

Ucky-mucky: Messy, e.g. “You will be coming to an ucky-mucky end if any of them should ever be getting his gogglers upon you.”

You can find more delumptious words the BFG uses in Roald Dahl’s Gobblefunk Glossary located here.

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