A Few Good Words, 2

Why did the chicken skedaddle? It was scaddled of the dog.

Roosters have been known to chase people and make them vamoose right out of here.

Absquatulate: I love this word. I first read it in a book by Diana Gabaldon. The word means to run away. It’s a facetious US coinage. No kidding! How could a word like absquatulate be anything but facetious? It dates back to the early Nineteenth Century. The speculation is that it’s meant to be the opposite of the word, “squat,’ which, of course, means to stay. It was first used in an English play to describe a character who was a blustery American. 

Skedaddle: also means to run away. It dates to 1860 and is supposedly Civil War military slang. No one can trace the word’s origins to any language, such as Greek or Latin. It might have evolved from the word, scaddle, which means scared. Makes sense that someone who was scared would skedaddle. 

Vamoose: This one’s easy, it’s derived from the Spanish word vamos or “let’s go,” which in turn originates from the Latin word, vadamus, which also means, “let’s go.” From vadere. “to go, to walk, to go hastily.”

If this guy decides to chase you, you’d better absquatulate, skedaddle, and vamoose.

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