We’ve got some utterly splendiferous news for you: “Scrumdiddlyumptious,” a nonword that Roald Dahl introduced in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," is officially a word in the Oxford English Dictionary. Hopefully that means no more red squiggly underline whenever I write it (because yes, I write it that much).
Like Dr. Seuss, who used words like “zizzer-zazzer-zuzz,” Dahl is known for his whimsical verbiage, but Dahl’s words seem like they could — nay, should — actually be words. It felt like he was filling some kind of vocabular void.
To honor what would have been the British author's 100th birthday yesterday, the OED updated its latest edition with six new words coined by Dahl. Back in May, it also published a Roald Dahl Dictionary, complete with 8,000 words either invented or popularized by the author.
According to the OED, the official definition for "scrumdiddlyumptious" is "extremely scrumptious; excellent, splendid; (esp. of food) delicious.”
The five other new entries are as follows:
Dahlesque: "eccentric plots, villainous or loathsome adult characters, and gruesome or black humour"
Golden ticket: "a (gold or golden-coloured) ticket, esp. one that grants the holder a valuable or exclusive prize, experience, opportunity, etc."
Human bean: "a humorous alteration or mispronunciation of human being," as popularized by "The BFG"
Oompa Loompa: "any of a group of [Chocolate] factory workers of diminutive stature"
Witching hour: referred to in "The BFG" as "a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world to themselves"
Recently, there’s been a resurgence of interest in Willy Wonka’s world of "Pure imagination," following the death of Gene Wilder. A bar in Sydney, Australia, came out with the “Beauregard burger” — named after "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" character Violet Beauregarde — a rainbow-bunned burger that includes all the flavors in that fateful piece of gum, in honor of Wilder.
Sure, the addition of “scrumdiddlyumptious” to the OED is a major win, but it’s still missing a few other Dahl-created, food-related words: “Eggdicator” and “snozzberry" are a couple examples.
Don’t care how — I want it now.