March 29, 2017
Guest Post: Alexandra (editor)
Language is a beautiful, voluminous entity. The English language comprises words to describe nearly any phenomenon known to man—nearly, being the key word. Sometimes, the English language falls short. Sometimes, there is no word to describe a sight, sound, or experience. Sometimes, we need more.
I would like to use this platform as a formal declaration of my support of a specific addition to the dictionary: squicky.
You know what squicky is, even if you’ve never deigned to use the word before. Its closest relatives would be “squeamish” or “disgusted,” but neither fit the feeling well enough.
Squeamish means to be physically nauseated.
Disgusted is a reaction upon experiencing something terrible and/or gross.
But squicky is what you feel when your mind reels away in disgust at the idea of something. It’s the “ick ick ick!” feeling that makes you tense up with a moderate amount of revulsion (but not quite as strong as revulsion!). It’s the mental version of nauseated—squeamish, for your brain! And if the squick is strong enough, it may even produce a slight physical reaction, like a curled lip or a tensed chest or a profound grimace.
Squicky is currently on Urban Dictionary and Wiktionary, but that isn’t good enough for me. I need recognition from the greatest linguistic authorities of the modern day. I need squicky in the Oxford English Dictionary. (Or at least dictionary.com—I’m not unreasonable.)
Do you think Webster would take me on? They seem hip.
This is where you come in! The best way to get a new word into the dictionary is for everybody to start using it! So come on, up your vocabulary! As of today, you have increased your repository of language by one! If “swag” could be added to the dictionary, “squicky” can too!
I believe in us, and I believe in squicky.
(I am also currently accepting alternative suggestions to the actual word “squicky,” but with the same definition. For some reason I can’t fathom, I don’t think I could ever use “squicky” in a professional setting…)
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