English Novels with Author-Created Words


To identify a list of three books using made up words/phrases which were created by the author, along with examples of the made up words used in the book.

Early Findings


  • This classic children's book and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, both by Lewis Carrol contain a number of made-up words and phrases. While some of those words have made it into modern dictionaries - such as chortle, meaning "to laugh or chuckle especially when amused or pleased" - others remain "made-up" today.
  • Carrol was known for making up words and phrases in all of his writing, including several other books and poems.
  • Some of the made-up words created by Carrol and used in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass include "chortle", "jaberwocky", and "brillig".


  • This well-known children's series contains a number of words and phrases made up by the author, J. K. Rowling.
  • Perhaps most well-known is the word "muggle", meaning a non-magic person. However, Rowling also included a number of made-up words and phrases used in spells and other areas of the books, such as "lumos", "alohomora", and "horcrux".
  • Several of the words used in Rowling's writing were derived from existing Latin words and phrases, though the author changed them to fit her use.


  • The popular book series Lord of the Rings, and the prequel The Hobbit contain a number of words made up by the author, J. R. R. Tolkien.
  • One such word - "tween", which now refers to pre-teenagers - was originally used by Tolkien in both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to refer to hobbits in their twenties.


  • Perhaps more than any other author, Dr. Seuss made up a number of words used in his various children's books.
  • Several such words include "fuddle" in On Beyond Zebra, "zummers", "flunnel", and "kweet".

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