This week marks the birthday of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published in November 1865.

Lewis Carroll coined or popularised a wide array of simply frabjous words in his books. Some of these words you may use every day, others are a little scarcer. Carroll’s words include chortle, galumph and burble, amongst many others.

One term that Carroll coined was the portmanteau word, used to describe a word made from merging the sounds and meanings of two different words. Want to learn more about portmanteaus? Visit for an illustrated list of portmanteau words.