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Absquatulate (v)

May 7, 2022

Warning, an unveiling: Optically speaking Absquatulate looks and sounds like an exquisite and beautifully embellished word. From its appearance here, and the way the vowels and consonance roll off the tongue, poets would/could be tempted to grab hold of Absquatulate and breathlessly weave it into their romantic poetry. And we shouldn’t hold them ransom for their word consumption and its temptations. Writers too should be forgiven, if at first they were smitten by the first sightings and rhythmic movement of Absquatulate. But please do hold your horses like the dilligent poets and writers ukiyo, yes, do your finer research 😉

Looking seductively forlorn set in this evocative atmosphere, afforded with this subtle definition, absquatulate which is a verb, anyone would be tilted in its direction to jot it down in a mindfulness journal for future reference.

/əbˈskwɒtʃʊleɪt,əbˈskwɒtjʊleɪt/

The truth of the matter is this, absquatulate is a deeply silly word that means to make off with something or someone. 😂

Why say a thief ran away with your money when it’s much more fun to say he absquatulated with it?

I had to chuckle to myself after my own search, that the word absquatulate came out of an odd fad in America in the 1830s for making playful words that sounded vaguely Latin. It is an informal North American word, used to denote humour.

Absquatulate takes the word squat and adds the prefix ab- “off, away” and the verb ending -ulate to suggest getting up and leaving quickly. It’s hardly ever used nowadays, mostly showing up as an example of an absurd word.

I also found out that political writers indulge the word when referring to overthrown dictators who absconded and fled their countries.

Although, there is someone, Nic Stone who took to blank pages and with his pen crafted seductive setting for absquatulate in his novel Odd One Out (yes I feel the pun.)

Do hold your horses 🐎

The way Jupiter Charity-Sanchez is now staring at the poster on her closet door—flushed cheeks, moist eyes, closed mouth—makes me want to absquatulate into a crevasse somewhere and perish. -Nic Stone.

5 Comments
  1. Timothy Price permalink

    “Vamoose” as they say.

  2. I had not heard this word before! Thank you for the detailed introduction. Much appreciated.

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