He appeared also to be saying he had inside information about it that he could only chortle about, unable to spell it out.
Lewis Carroll really did introduce the word “chortle” to the English language in his 1871 poem Jabberwocky.
They will not actually steal, but they will cheat you every time and chortle over it.
They can yawp and chortle and call me Skyrider as if it was a joke.
It was almost a chortle he emitted, but he was solemn enough before Lafe had closed the door.
A dirty, yellow hand seized the bag; there was a chortle of exultation, and the two scurried out of the room.
It rose again—it was like a perplexing cheep and chirrup, changing to a chortle of glee.
The Governor began to chortle after a quick glance at the vanishing red light of the Portsmouth car.
Eli began to chortle, and Hannah stirred in her sleep, throwing both chubby arms over her head.
Frighten me, floor me, then chortle with glee, And fly away fast from the gutter and me.
coined 1872 by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking Glass," perhaps from chuckle and snort. Related: Chortled; chortling. As a noun, from 1903.