Posted by ESC on September 19, 2004

In Reply to: O frabjous day posted by Lotg on September 18, 2004

: In the latest book I'm reading (American author this time), upon finally arriving at a destination she'd been longing for, she joyously exclaimed 'O frabjous day!'.

: Clearly that's an exclamation of joy at her achievement, but I hadn't remember ever hearing it before. Furthermore, 'frabjous' appeared to me to be a strange conglomeration.

: But when I surfed about I found the following:

: frabjous (FRAB-juhs) adjective

: Wonderful, elegant, superb, or delicious.

: [Coined by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking-Glass"; perhaps meant to
: suggest fabulous or joyous.]

: "Ah, my friends, rejoice. These are frabjous days."
: Ivins, Molly, Needed: one strong stomach, The Progressive, 1 Mar 1995.

: It must be over 35 years since I read Alice through the Looking Glass - so I don't feel too bad about forgetting this one.

: Still, it's as though it's a nice new phrase I can now use.
: O frabjous day!!!!!!!

Here is a word I discovered recently: farraginous. Having to do with farrago, a confused mixture.