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This Classic Writer Added 247 Words to the Dictionary

… “Abuzz” and “creeps” are two popular ones!

Have you read Charles Dickens‘ work?  He is one of the most loved English writers and his books have been fondly passed on over generations.

Dickens was born to a poor family in Portsmouth, England. He finished school at the age of 15, after which he wrote stories and articles for magazines and newspapers. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, was published in 1837.

Dickens had a near-photographic memory. His writing reflects events and people from childhood memories in clear details. Many of his novels also focus on societal problems of his time.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous novels. It tells the story of a poor, orphan boy living in London. Another famous Dickens novel is A Christmas Carol, which became one of the most popular Christmas stories of all time.

Did you know that Dickens introduced 247 new words or new usages into the English language? Some of the words or phrases are:

  • Abuzz – “characterized by excessive gossip or activity”
  • Creeps – “a feeling of fear and revulsion”
  • Lummy– “an exclamation of surprise or dismay”
  • On the rampage – “behaving violently or destructively”
  • Red tapeworm – “a person who adheres excessively to official rules and formalities”

Which was the first novel written by Charles Dickens?

  • A Christmas Carol
  • Oliver Twist
  • The Pickwick Papers
  • David Copperfield

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