Beloved author Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916. In celebration of his 100th, lexicographer Dr. Susan Rennie spent the last five years compiling The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, featuring Sir Quentin Blake, Dahl’s long-time illustrator.
The dictionary contains over 8,000 words, real and invented, and was published this month. (It’s also at the top of my Christmas list, in case anyone was wondering.)
Dahl’s first children’s story, James and the Giant Peach, was published in 1961 with great success. Bestsellers like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG, among many others, followed until his death in 1990.
For more on Dahl’s 1ooth and the new dictionary, see the full article from BBC News, Entertainment & Arts.
Susan Rennie has worked on many dictionaries for both children and adults, including the Oxford Primary Dictionary, Oxford Primary Thesaurus, the Oxford English Thesaurus for Schools and the New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. She also writes books in Scots for children, and has translated the first Scots edition of Tintin. Susan is currently a Lecturer in English Language at the University of Glasgow where she teaches lexicography and the history of Scots and English.
Entertainment & Arts, “Roald Dahl’s Swashboggling Words Get Their Own Dictionary,” BBC News (blog), May 26, 2016, http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-36397983.