“That’s enough to begin with,” Humpty Dumpty interrupted: “there are plenty of hard words there. “Brillig’ means four o’clock in the afternoon – the time when you begin broiling things for dinner.”
“That’ll do very well,” said Alice: “and ‘slithy’?”
“Well, ‘slithy’ means ‘lithe and slimy.’ ‘Lithe’ is the same as ‘active.’ You see it’s like portmanteau – there are two meanings packed up into one word.”
“I see it now,” Alice remarked thoughtfully: “and what are ‘toves’?”
“Well, ‘toves’ are something like badgers – they’re something like lizards – and they’re something like corkscrews.”
“They must be very curious creatures.”
“They are that,” said Humpty Dumpty: “also they make their nests under sundials – also they live on cheese.”

Lewis Carroll,
Through the Looking Glass

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