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Jan 8, 2019
This week’s theme
Portmanteaux (blend words)

This week’s words
rurban
squiggle
palimony
guesstimate
contraption

squiggle
Chihuly

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squiggle

PRONUNCIATION:
(SKUI-guhl)

MEANING:
noun:An irregularly curling or looping line, string, etc.
verb tr., intr.:1. To make an irregularly curling or looping line.
2. To squirm or wriggle.
3. To scribble.

ETYMOLOGY:
Perhaps a blend of squirm + wriggle. Earliest documented use: 1804.

USAGE:
“There was nothing I wouldn’t eat. Well, apart from tinned spaghetti, that is, whose loops and squiggles slopping around in that fluorescent orange sauce somehow managed to turn my stomach when nothing else did.”
Fionnuala Ward; I Was Fin-ish, But Now I’m Finished with Fish; Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland); Nov 20, 2018.

See more usage examples of squiggle in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. -Baltasar Gracian, writer and philosopher (8 Jan 1601-1658)

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