We all know Charles Dickens is one of the most famous writers of all time – but did you know he also invented some of the words he used to write his classic novels? That’s right! He invented words – how cool is that?
Bah Humbug: An exclamation of irritation or disgust. First appeared in A Christmas Carol (1843).
“Bah,” said Scrooge, “Humbug.”
― A Christmas Carol
Boredom: The state of feeling disinterested.
First appeared in Bleak House (1852).
Devil-may-care: reckless; careless or jovial and rakish in manner; seems to come from the saying, “The devil may care but I don’t.”
“Not that this would have worried him much, anyway — he was a mighty free and easy, roving, devil-may-care sort of person, was my uncle, gentlemen.
– The Pickwick Papers
Doormat: Used metaphorically, a person who is treated poorly.
First appears in Great Expectations (1861)
Creeps, the: a feeling of fear and revulsion.
“She was constantly complaining of the cold, and of its occasioning a visitation in her back which she called ‘the creeps’.”
— David Copperfield
Abuzz: characterized by excessive gossip or activity.
Rampage: Destructive or violent behavior by person or group.
First appeared in Great Expectations (1860).
“And my ‘pinion is, Sammy, that if your governor don’t prove a alleybi, he’ll be what the Italians call reg’larly flummoxed, and that’s all about it.”
— The Pickwick Papers