Galumph


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Aug 02 2019 1 mins   23

Galumph is a verb that means to move in a clumsy way. 

19th century English author Lewis Carrol is best known for the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but he’s also widely been credited with adding to the vernacular by combining common words in a humorous way. 

In the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland called Through the Looking Glass, he created the word ‘galumph’ by apparently combining Gallup and triumph. The result is our word of the day and although its meaning has shifted a little over the years to mean ‘to move in clumsily,’ it’s still almost never used as flattery.

I can hear Jimmy galumph into the office all the way from my cubicle. That kind of clumsiness is hard to keep quiet.