Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Jun 11 17:06:15 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 12:16 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
> At 11:46 AM -0400 6/11/08, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>>On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 11:06 AM, Mark Peters <markpeters33 at> wrote:
>>>  I've wondered about squadoosh... I've only heard it on PTI too.
>>> Could it be related to squat too? What a great word.
>>No doubt influenced by "squat" (in usage if not origin), since it
>>works like other "squatitives"/"vulgar minimizers".
> And crucially, like other squatitives (hey, can I claim priority for
> that technical term, or does it predate 2001?  and when does it make
> it into the OED?), it appears in unlicensed contexts too...

Well, you yourself used the term on this list in 2000, but you
attributed it to Ross and Postal.

--Ben Zimmer

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