What does it mean, anyway?

Hubby: ‘Twas Brillig? I don’t get it.

Me: You don’t get what?

Hubby: I don’t get the name of your blog.

Me: You know–“‘Twas Brillig, and the slithey toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe…”

Hubby: I still don’t get it.

Me: The Jabberwocky? Lewis Carroll? Alice in Wonderland? It’s a poem full of non-existent words, but as you read it you completely understand the meaning and the feeling of the poem. It feels like the words mean something, even though they’re really just nonsense. It’s funny, artistic, and mystical all at once.

Hubby: Okay, that’s kinda cool. But I don’t think anybody’s gonna get it.

Me: Really? I just sorta thought that everyone would get it! Maybe I’d better find a way to let them know, just in case…

And here’s the full text of the poem, just in case you’re interested…

Lewis Carroll(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”


He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought —
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.


And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!


One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.


“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy.


`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


7 Responses to “What does it mean, anyway?”

  1. jenn in holland Says:

    I got it.
    ’twas brillig… and I love your blog.

  2. anno Says:

    I got it, too. And loved it from the start. Your blog, too!

  3. Cathouse Teri Says:

    Well if they don’t get it, I’m guessing that it’s easy enough to look up!
    I’m afraid most people just go places and don’t even ask what something means.
    Like, uh, Cameron Diaz! 🙂

    By the way, are you done ignoring me yet? Hehehe.

  4. Jami Says:

    What does it mean that I memorized that poem in high school because I wanted to, not because I had to? Are i an intuhlekshual?

  5. summershine Says:

    The title is why I visited your blog.
    I thought, “If this person likes Lewis Carroll, they probably have a cool blog” and so far I’ve been proven right.

  6. CableGirl Says:

    I get it. The title of the blog is what brought me to you. “brillig? really? Must be a lewis Carroll fan.”

    Hubbys can me dense sometimes. 😉

  7. Farm Wife Says:

    I adore the Jabberwocky & that’s the entire reason I stopped by! My husband wouldn’t get it either…

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