Thursday, 25 January 2007


"c.1410, "crouch on the heels," from O.Fr. esquatir "press down, lay flat, crush," from es- "out" (from L. ex-) + O.Fr. quatir "press down, flatten," from V.L. *coactire "press together, force," from L. coactus, pp. of cogere "to compel, curdle, collect" (see cogent). The adjective sense of "short, thick" dates from 1630. Squatter "settler who occupies land without legal title" first recorded 1788; in ref. to paupers or homeless people in uninhabited buildings, it is recorded from 1880. Slang sense of "nothing at all" first attested 1934, perhaps suggestive of squatting to defecate."

"Sound symbolism is an affective or expressive language use working at a submorphemic, sometimes subphonemic, level and predisposes evaluative, pejorative use and meaning change. Sound symbolism ascribes non-arbitrariness to, typically, sub-sections of the vocabulary containing lexical-semantic forms such as onomatopoeias, sound-symbolic lexemes and templates. An example of a sound-symbolic schema specific to English is the onset cluster /skw/ [...] with the semantic component 'compression' present in, for example, the lexemes squash, squeeze, squat, squish, squiggle."

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