#WOTD: Absquatulate

Today I’m going to share a word that has a unique origin because today’s session is #WOTD: Absquatulate. Sounds fancy, huh? Absquatulate is a verb, and it means “to leave” or “decamp”, usually after taking something. This word, along with few others, has a unique history. Absquatulate is a pseudo-Latin word. In 1830s, it was a trend back then in USA to make a word that sounded Latin. Along with “absquatulate”, there were also BLOVIATE and DISCOMBOBULATE from this period.

Absquatulate is made from the word “squat” with ab- as a prefix and –late as a suffix. Ab- or abs- means “away” or “off” while –late is a suffix that usually refers to “to do something”. The synonyms of absquatulate are: take off, decamp, abscond, run off, flee, and fly.

Now, let’s use it in a few sentences:

  1. The CEO of Primatech absquatulated before facing the trial for embezzlement.
  2. The Wildlings are ready to absquatulate from the camp and head to The Wall.
  3. She absquatulated after taking my heart.

Compiled by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, 27 November 2015.

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