Word of the Day: knickerbocker

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Knick·er·bock·er noun (nkr-bkr): 1. a. A descendant of the Dutch settlers of New York. b. A native or inhabitant of New York [also known as Charles Yallowitz on WordPress]. 2. knickerbockers: Full breeches gathered and banded just below the knee; knickers.

Yesterday’s Word of the Day was jabberwocky. After telling my daughter the meaning of the word, we began to read Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. When we came to the end of the chapter, I began to read words that were completely nonsensical, and she giggled. The she realized it was written in jabberwocky, the word she had just learned.

Here is the Jabberwocky poem:

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

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      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 hast 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.

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Definitions from http://www.merriam-webster.com

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6 thoughts on “Word of the Day: knickerbocker”

  1. Here’s the question though. Do they mean a person from New York State or New York City? The odd thing is that the term ‘New Yorker’ tends to mean both. I looked it up and I couldn’t tell which one it meant. Strange since the term is really a downstate/NYC term. I tend to be listed as a Long Islander instead of a Knickerbocker (which is where the NY Knicks came from.)

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