Gobblefunk around with words

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The Roald Dahl Museum
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12:00pm, 27th July
Museum, The BFG
Page of Roald Dahl Gobblefunk words

We take a look at Roald Dahl's handwritten Gobblefunk words

After Roald Dahl had written the first draft of The BFG, he felt that the giant's character needed to be more interesting, so he decided to make his speech different. He invented almost 300 funny words and phrases that the BFG would eventually speak. The BFG's mixed up language became known as Gobblefunk.

'How wondercrump!' cried the BFG, still beaming. 'How whoopsey-splunkers! How absolutely squiffling! I is all of a stutter.'

The BFG, Roald Dahl.

A page of Roald Dahl's handwritten Gobblefunk words can be found in the archive of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden. It's written in Roald Dahl's unmistakable hand on his paper of choice - yellow legal paper shipped over from the USA - and is a fascinating insight into the author's experiments with language.

Whopsy-waddling, bizzfizz, squeakpip, kickswitch, mickering...

Page of Roald Dahl Gobblefunk words

You  can also see 'Chidler...= child' circled on the page, and 'The Fleshlumpeating Giant' underlined at the top. Words that fans of The BFG will instantly recognise.

See the Gobblefunk page on display at the Museum until the end of 2016, part of their new BFG display.