On this date in 1916, Roald Dahl was born in South Wales. Dahl is best known for his children’s classics James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But he also wrote for television and movies, including writing the screenplay for the Bond film, You Only Live Twice.
He also wrote several stories that were adapted for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and even hosted his own television show in 1961 called Way Out, which featured short science-fiction and fantasy stories.
Even with his diverse body of work, one can not help but immediately associate Dahl with nonsensical (yet perfectly accurate) and rhythmic words such as oompa-loompa, vermicious knid, snozberries, swazzle, gnobbler, fizzwiggler, hornswogglers and all sorts of delightful gobblefunk.
Please work these into your everyday vocabulary and have a
happy scrumdiddlyumptious Roald Dahl Day! See more reasons to celebrate Roald Dahl here.