He would answer to “Hi!” or to any loud cry,   Such as “Fry me!” or “Fritter my wig!” To “What-you-may-call-um!” or “What-was-his-name!”   But especially “Thing-um-a-jig!” Always assumed that thingamajig derived from Lewis Carroll’s thing-um-a-jig (1876). I’d seen an oft cited but unsourced reference to 1824 in dictionaries but now found it: June 1824 issue of … Continue reading “Thing-um-a-jig!”

9.5±0.5 Snark Hunters

Allegedly, the Snark hunting crew consists of ten members (MG017). Is that so? Martin Gardner (MG046) told us that “Phyllis Greenacre thinks that the ten members of the crew represent the ten children of the Dodgson family.” However, I think that to Dodgson/Carroll in his private life there was nothing important to be referred to … Continue reading “9.5±0.5 Snark Hunters”