Squornshellous Swamptalk is a fictional dictionary
of words relating to the mattresses from the swamps
of Squornshellous Zeta. It is briefly mentioned in
Douglas Adams' The Restaurant at the End of the
Universe, the second book in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
I don't have the original dictionary handy, as it won't
be written for a few million years yet, but I've
listed those I came across while reading about it.
Since most of these words defy a wholesome
and earthly description, I have included a
brief citation from the book
(in italics), to help clarify how it is used.
A sympathetic gesture, sigh or comment.
"Consider it made, my dear friend," flurbled the
mattress, "consider it made."
(...) and with another quiet flurble he did so.
In the manner of something which is floopy.
This is the noise made by a live, swamp-dwelling mattress that is deeply
moved by a story of personal tragedy. It could be an equivalent to
Mattesses gup when they are excited. Could be related to glurry
Douglas Adams says "For the meaning of the word "vollue",
buy a copy of Squornshellous Swamptalk
at any remaindered bookshop, (...)".
Its usage appears to be equivalent to "say".
"I sense a deep dejection in your diodes," it vollued, "and it
We live quiet retired lives in the swamp,
where we are content to flollop and vollue
and regard the wetness
in a fairly floopy manner.'
Something mattresses say (or wurf) when they are
emotionally moved by something, in both a positive
and negative manner. In some contexts it can be compared to our "Wow".
"It seems to me," said the mattress eyeing it compassionately, "that it is a pretty poor sort
"You are right," said Marvin, "it is."
"Voon," said the mattress.
"I expect so," said Marvin.
It willomied along its entire length, sending excited little ripples
through its shallow algae-covered pool.
To say or utter. Mattresses are known to wurf "Voon" when commenting on
"Voon," it wurfed at last. "And it was a magnificent occasion?"
I think I got them all, but should you
come across any unlisted ones, feel free
to /msg me, or add a writeup below.