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    Word of the Week: SKEWWHIFF

    Pingu suggest this Word of the Week: SKEWWHIFF
    (It can also appear hyphenated as 'skew-whiff').

    Turned or twisted toward one side
    "the branches on the christmas album are, as the British say, skew-whiff"

    Pingu writes that "Northerners in Britain use it all the time, but I'm beginning to realise, from the strange looks I get, that it's not very common anywhere else".

    Thanks Pingu for this week's word.

    We have some other words volunteered and feel free to keep those words coming.

    Gary

    Previous Words of the Week: ALACRITY, BORBORYGMI, RECALCITRANT, TRANSMOGRIFY, BODACIOUS, THAUMATURGICALl, SWIMMINLY, WOOLGATHERING, WINDBROACH, SINECURE, NOMOPHOBIA; GASP, AGOG, BLOVIATE

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    Re: Word of the Week: SKEWWHIFF

    I think i recall once seeing Skew-whiff in my alphabet soup.


    Ooh i remember now, it wasn't skew-whiff, it was Dave "The Snake" Sabo.

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    Re: Word of the Week: SKEWWHIFF

    This word is also used in Australia.

    viz "Your clothes are skew-whiff"

    I have never seent it written before so never thought about spelling.

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    Did I ever askewwiff my clothes are skew-whiff?

    ...and as long as we're talking about skew-related stuff,

    Did I ever askewwiff your distribution is leptokurtic or platykurtic?

    That piquant discussion of peakedness piqued my curiosity for a moment or three or four about the mean.
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    Re: Word of the Week: SKEWWHIFF

    There once was a young man fron Kent
    Whose mind was exceedingly bent.
    One day he got scared
    And, unless I have erred,
    You expected a rhyme here with "skew-whiff."
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    Re: Word of the Week: SKEWWHIFF

    Quote Originally Posted by reberclark View Post
    There once was a young man fron Kent
    Whose mind was exceedingly bent.
    One day he got scared
    And, unless I have erred,
    You expected a rhyme here with "skew-whiff."
    Reber's search for a rhyme for "skew-whiff"
    caused a fall off the limerick cliff...
    In reasonable time,
    He discovered no rhyme,
    shrugged his shoulders, and said "what's the diff?"
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    Re: Word of the Week: SKEWWHIFF

    What are we talking about here, huh?

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    Re: Word of the Week: SKEWWHIFF

    I actually have a copy of the Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology which ties "Skew-whiff" with "Skew" which comes from "Eschew." Hence "Askew" which can also be "Skew-whiff."

    Not funny, I know. But, there you are.
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    Re: Word of the Week: SKEWWHIFF

    Skew Haiku?:

    Her coat was skew-whiff.
    Her hair was auburn and gold.
    A picture for me.
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

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