Words thanks to Charles Dickens

Words thanks to Charles Dickens

10 August 2016

Dickens introduced over 200 new words or phrases into the language and we still use many of them today. Here's five of our favourite, do you know what they all mean?

What words appeared where and when did Charles Dickens coin them?

Doormat
noun. Used metaphorically, a person who is treated poorly. First appears in Great Expectations 1861.

Round the clock
adverb and adjective. All day and all night. First appeared in Bleak House 1852.

Bah Humbug
interjection. An exclamation of irritation or disgust. First appeared in A Christmas Carol 1843.

Flummox
verb. To confuse, perplex, bewilder. First appeared in The Pickwick Papers 1837

Scrooge
noun. A mean, miserly person. Also a person who undergoes a transformation in character (from bad to good). Based on Ebenezer Scrooge. First appeared in A Christmas Carol 1843.

 

 


A Tale of Two Cities opens at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where it plays from 10 to 17 September 2016. It then tours to Oxford Playhouse, Richmond Theatre, Bradford Alhambra, Blackpool Grand, Wolverhampton Grand, Brighton Theatre Royal, Edinburgh King's, Cheltenham Everyman and Nottingham Theatre Royal. 

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