Roald Dahl’s BFG – Inferring Word Meaning

A few weeks ago we started reading the BFG. The BFG says a lot of funny words that we have never heard before. We had to do a lot of decoding and inferring to figure out what the BFG was trying to say. Here are some of our favourite funny words he used and what we think they mean based on the clues from the text, and our own ideas:

The BFG

1.  “‘People would be rushing and bushing after me with goodness knows what and they would be catching me and locking me into a cage to be stared at. They would be putting me into the zoo or the bunkumhouse with all those squiggling hippodumplings and crocadowndillies.'”

We know that those words mean hippo and crocodile because the beginning of each word matches the words hippo and crocodile.

Also, we know the BFG is talking about animals because the BFG says they would lock him in a cage and put him in the zoo. That is where animals are kept.

2.  ‘”If anyone is ever seeing a giant, he or she must be taken away hipswitch.'”

We think hipswitch means “right away” because when Sophie the BFG the BFG quickly (as fast as he could) took her away so she couldn’t tell anyone.

3.  “‘If you go back, you will be telling the world,’ said the BFG, ‘most likely on the telly-telly bunkum box and the radio squeaker. So you will just have to be staying here with me for the rest of your life,'”

We know that telly-telly bunkum box means TV and radio spueaker means radio because the word sounds like TV and radio. Also, when we want to tell the world news we use TV and radio.

4. “‘Meanings is not important,’ said the BFG. ‘I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.'”

The BFG means “wrong” when he says left. We know this because the opposite of right is wrong. He is confusing his opposites.

5. “‘That is why you will be coming to an ucky-mucky end if any of them should ever be getting his gogglers upon you.'”

Ucky-mucky means “yucky” or “not good” because the word mucky can mean muddy or yucky or dirty or gross.

We know that “gogglers” means eyes because the BFG is keeping Sophie hidden so none of the other giants can see her.

 

Roald Dahl’s BFG – Inferring Word Meaning

Last week we started reading the BFG. Today we finished reading Chapter 6 and we have been introduced to the Big Friendly Giant. The BFG says a lot of funny words that we have never heard before. We had to do a lot of decoding and inferring to figure out what the BFG was trying to say. Here are some of the funny words he used and what we think they mean based on the clues from the text, and our own ideas:

CHAPTER 6 – THE GIANT

1.  “‘You is trying to change the subject,’ the Giant said sternly. ‘We is having a nice babblement about the taste of the human bean. The human bean is not a vegetable.’

‘Oh but the bean is a vegetable,’ said Sophie.

‘Not the human bean,’ the Giant said. ‘The human bean has two legs, and a vegetable has no legs at all.'” (p. 28)

*We think the word babblement means talking because:

– the word ending “ment” reminded Josiah of an argu”ment”

– the word babble means talking; babies and toddlers babble

– we know they are talking because we read “the Giant said” and we see quotation marks so we know characters are talking

*We think the “human bean” means human being because:

– it’s starts with human and bean sounds like “being” – it makes sense and sounds right

– a human being has 2 legs and a bean doesn’t have any legs

Do you agree with our inferences?

Be More Dog

20141024-095132.jpgWhen we come in in the morning, we do the same thing every day. We check in and let each other know how our engines are running. Sometimes we are feeling tired, some of us are ready to learn, and if we are in the yellow or the red, our engine is running too high.

Mrs. Cassell showed us the video “Be More Dog”. Mrs. Cassell said she saw this video at a workshop about blogging and using Twitter by George Couros. After we watched the video Mrs. Cassell asked us a question: What was the message in the video?

Here is what we learned:

1. It’s like he’s a boring cat then it hits him – he wants to be more exciting. (Cohen)
2. Also, it’s like he wants to play more and be more dog. (Ginger)
3. It was really funny when the cat jumped in the water. Cats don’t jump in water. Try something new – maybe its something you don’t normally like. (Ryan)
4. He wants to be more creative and not sleep all the time anymore. (Josiah)
5. I didn’t know that cats would want to try to be more like dogs. Sometimes we don’t try new things because it’s not safe. Sometimes we don’t know if we will like it, or you might feel nervous or scared. (Maryn, Connor, Ginger)

6. Sometimes we just don’t try things because we don’t know what will happen.

The BIG message is to TRY NEW THINGS – especially if you’ve never tried them before.

Mrs. Cassell and the Busy Bees