OAD WOTY; Gawker on "squick"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 12 19:53:21 UTC 2005

At 7:13 PM -0500 12/8/05, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>"Podcast" is the Oxford American Dictionary's word of the year, in
>case you haven't heard...
>On OUPblog, Erin McKean gives a run-down of the runners-up:
>The blog entry also links to Gawker, which reproduces an email
>exchange between the OAD and a reader about the revolting origins of
>one runner-up, "squick":
Very enlightening.  But I think the OUP folks are missing the boat if
they're claiming that _squick_ is (i) onomatopoeic in origin and (ii)
derived from the practice of skull-fucking.  If we are to retain
hypothesis (ii), which seems plausible, I think a much more elegant
etym(yth)ology is from an orthographic truncation and revocalization:

sku[ll-f]uck > sku'uck > skuick

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