the vorpal word

I find it kind of annoying that words from “Jabberwocky” are ending up in the dictionary now. I’m not a Lewis Carroll afionado, but it’s always seemed to me that the magic of “Jabberwocky” is that Carroll’s words hint at meaning, by their sound and how they’re used with each other, but they are not real words. They don’t have fixed meanings, and that’s fine.

At least it’s fine with me.

(Also, I was sort of under the impression that the “vorpal sword” was just a named weapon, like Glamdring or Longclaw, but it seems I may have been wrong about that. I may have got that idea from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movie, where it’s treated that way. But, again, there’s no definite evidence, so, it could be either, really…)

On another topic, I liked this article: “My Secret Weapon Against the Attention Economy.” The subhead is “When you reread the same poem over and over again, you stop scrolling along the surface and dive deep beneath it,” and it reminded me of my blog post about “Getting Deeper into the Trees.”

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