What the hell is “boojummy”?
What the hell is Boojummy? I’ve been asked this question many times in 2006. Well, I’m going to let the cat out of the bag finally. The term is a derivation of boojum, just one more figment of Lewis Carroll’s fertile imagination.
And what’s a boojum? Why, it’s the most dangerous kind of snark, of course! And what’s a snark? via Wikipdia
The eponymous snark in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark is a fictional animal, the quarry for a hunting party comprising some highly unlikely characters.
There are several different varieties of snark. Some have feathers and bite, and some have whiskers and scratch. Some are Boojums, which are the most dangerous kind. If anyone meets with this variety, he will softly and suddenly vanish away and never be met with again…
… the domain of the snark is an island filled with chasms and crags, many months sail from England. On the same island may also be found other creatures such as the Jubjub and Bandersnatch. It is the same island where the Jabberwock was slain. The snark is a peculiar creature that cannot be captured in a commonplace way. Above all, courage is required during a snark hunt. The most common method is to seek it with thimbles, care, forks and hope.
There. Now you know what a boojum is. And boojummy? Nothing more than the idea of the boojum hunt stripped down to the esoteric essentials: Courage, hope, care and imagination.
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