Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Glossary of Terms

Above, artist Camille Rose Garcia talks about her amazing illustrated version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, available here, on Amazon.

This is old news, really, but I just became aware of it by mistake. There is a glossary of terms used in the movie that apparently will be helpful for people to understand what characters are talking about. Some of these are obviously from the original literature, but not all by any measure.

  • Bandersnatch, The: evil creature under the control of the Red Queen.
  • Brillig: 4 o’clock in the afternoon. When one begins broiling things for dinner.
  • Crims: The central area of Underland.
  • Downal wyth Bluddy Behg Hid: Down with the Red Queen, the slogan of the Resistance.
  • Ezel: High, go higher, go up.
  • Fairfarren: Farewell. May you travel far under fair skies.
  • Frabjous day: The day Alice slays the Jabberwocky and frees Underland from the oppression of the Red Queen.
  • Frumious: Dirty and smelly.
  • Futterwacken: The Underlanders’ dance of unbridled joy.
  • Gallymoggers: Crazy.
  • Gribling: The day Alice will return to Underland.
  • Guddler’s scut: Thief’s butt.
  • Gummer Slough: Dangerous swamp of thick viscous mud.
  • Horunvendush Day: The day the Red Queen took control of Underland.
  • Jabberwocky: A deadly creature employed as the Red Queen’s ultimate weapon.
  • Jubjub Bird: A Bird under the control of the Red Queen.
  • Kiotchyn: ‘Heads’ up or ‘pay attention’.
  • Naught for usal: It’s no use trying.
  • Noge: Go low down.
  • Nunz: Wait or ‘Don’t go, not now’.
  • Oraculum: The Calender of all the days of Ulnderland. Each day has its own title and illustration.
  • Orgal: To the left.
  • Outlands: The untamed land to the west of Witzend.
  • Outlandish: The old language spoken only in the Outlands and used by the Underland resistance as a secret code in the revolution against the Red Queen.
  • Pishsalver: A potion that makes one shrink.
  • Queast: A land to the east, but ‘not in the least’.
  • Quillian: The following day after Alice returns.
  • Saganistute: A wise person of poetry and vision.
  • Salazen Grum: A port city where the Red Queen lives.
  • Shukrn: Faeces. Ewww.
  • Sloth: Slowly
  • Stang: To the right.
  • Slurvish: Selfish or self-centered.
  • Snud: A region in the south of Underland.
  • Tulgey Wood: Where Alice meets the Jabberwocky.
  • Underland: The real name for the place Alice calls Wonderland.
  • Upelkuchen: A cake that makes one grow.
  • Slurking urpal slackush scrum: rude or dirty words of the most foul meaning.
  • Witzend: The western land where the Mad Hatter and March Hare were born.
  • Yadder: Far away. Way yadder beyond the Crossling in Snud.
  • Zounder: A warning to ‘look out behind you!’


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