September 30, 2012
squiggle (noun)
\SKWIG-ul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a short wavy twist or line : curlicue
How do you use it?
James loves to draw pictures with lots of circles and squiggles.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following do you think is the true origin of "squiggle"?

We won't keep you squirming: B's the right answer today. "Squiggle" is one of those somewhat rare words formed by blending two words together, in this case "squirm" and "wriggle." When "squiggle" first came on the scene in English in the early 1800s, it was a verb meaning exactly what you might expect: "squirm, wriggle." The verb later developed the meanings "to write or paint hastily, to scribble" and "to form or cause to form in wavy or twisty lines." The noun "squiggle" came into use about a hundred years after the verb.
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