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:
- The CEO of Primatech absquatulated before facing the trial for embezzlement.
- The Wildlings are ready to absquatulate from the camp and head to The Wall.
- She absquatulated after taking my heart.
Compiled by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, 27 November 2015.