Word of the Week Wednesday: squamous


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: squamous.

Squamous is an adjective that means scaly.  This includes the meanings of both scale-like and composed of scales.

The “squ” construct brings to mind unwholesome words such as squeamish, squalid or squicky.  It also doesn’t help that many squamous things like lizards and snakes imbue in many people deep feelings of revulsion.

Squamous is also one of the more commonly used words of H. P. Lovecraft like cyclopean and eldritch.

 

Advertisements

About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: