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This page Nonsense word is part of the meaning series.Illustration: House of Nonsense (1911), one of Blackpool's funhouse attractions
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This page Nonsense word is part of the meaning series.
Illustration: House of Nonsense (1911), one of Blackpool's funhouse attractions
The Bouba/kiki effect (1929)
 This page Nonsense word is part of the nonsense series. Illustration: True Portrait of Monsieur Ubu (1896), a woodcut frontispiece for Ubu Roi representing Ubu, a fictional character from Jarry's eponymous play.
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Illustration: True Portrait of Monsieur Ubu (1896), a woodcut frontispiece for Ubu Roi representing Ubu, a fictional character from Jarry's eponymous play.

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A nonsense word are nonsensical words. Nonsense words can be classified depending on their orthographic and phonetic similarity with (meaningful) words. If it can be pronounced according to a language's phonotactics, it is a logatome/pseudoword. Nonsense words are used in literature for poetic or humorous effect. Proper names of real or fictional entities are sometimes nonsense words.

The earliest nonsense words are blituri, skindapsos, tophlattothrattophlattothrat (only used once, in The Frogs) and babazuf. Of these, blituri is the most common nonsense word.

A stunt word is a nonsense word used for a special effect, or to attract attention, as part of a performance. Such words are a feature of the work of Dr. Seuss ("Sometimes I am quite certain there's a Jertain in the curtain").

The ability to infer the (hypothetical) meaning of a nonsense word from context is used to test for brain damage.

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