Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916. That means that if he were still alive today, he would be 100 years old. The best-selling British author is considered to be one of the world's greatest children's storytellers. And with such a long list of titles to his name, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The Witches, it's hard not to agree. The man wrote wonderful — and wonderfully weird — stories that we all love.
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Dahl was also known for the imaginative language he used in his books, often inventing new words. I mean, had you ever heard of a crockadowndilly or a sizzlepan before you read The BFG? To honour Dahl's 100th year and his love of language, the Oxford English Dictionary updated its latest edition with six new words or phrases connected to his writing. These include: dahlesque, golden ticket, human bean, Oompa Loompa, scrumdiddlyumptious, and witching hour.
The Oxford University Press also recently published a Roald Dahl Dictionary complete with 8,000 words coined or popularized by the author. And guess what? We're giving YOU a chance to WIN one!
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