"sketch out"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Nov 14 16:23:45 UTC 2012

On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM, Amy West wrote:
> Heard in the wild last night on the Marketplace story about John McAfee
> (of antivirus fame):
> He started carrying around a gun and this "really sketched people out."
> http://www.marketplace.org/topics/tech/web-pioneer-john-mcafee-caught-murder-mystery
> I've become familiar with the "creepy" sense of "sketchy" because that
> seems to be the first sense that comes to my students' mind when I use
> it (while the "vague" sense is what I intend), but now here's a
> corresponding verb with particle, where "sketch" seems to have replaced
> "freaked."

See my 2010 On Language column, "Creeper! Rando! Sketchball!":

"And just as you can be creeped out by a creepy person, you can be
sketched out by a sketchy person."


Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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