How do you speak Who?
Theodor (no typo here, he left off the e) Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) wrote the original How The Grinch Stole Christmas story in 1957. The story jumped off the pages and into the living rooms of children everywhere on December 18, 1966, and it has remained a holiday favorite ever since. Seuss gave the Whos their very own language, which is a mix of standard English with Who-words all their own. This is what we could classify as a mixed language.
But, How The Grinch Stole Christmas wasn't the only book in which Seuss made up some interesting language. And, his made-up words have received some criticism, perhaps hindering children's understanding of the English language. On the other side, his fun wording and rhymes have created avid readers out of children for decades, and we think that's something to commemorate. So, here's a closer look at some of Seuss's most interesting words and phrases that defy English conventions.