squeamish » squirmish
Spotted in the wild:
- The giant Australian prawns ($24.95), served with the heads on (just a warning for those who are squirmish about that sort of thing), were imbued with a great smoky flavor. (Dale Rice, American-Statesman Restaurant Critic, posted on Truluck's site: Nov 2, 2005)
- And the muchado about nothing regarding DoD paid propoganda in Iraq also shows that the idea of “winning hearts and minds” sound great as a concept, but Americans (or at least the media) is squirmish when they actually see it in action. (Daniel W. Drezner's blog, comment, Dec 05 2005)
- [poster Supafly:]Don’t get squirmish about some fake titties in the camera.
[poster Trilex:] I’m not squirmish but I was just embarressed cuz my uncle, my cousins dad was there! (Nexodyne Forums, Aug 22, 2003)
- The Passion Of Christ, Not for the Squirmish (Expats In China)
Analyzed or reported by:
- Linda Seebach (via e-mail)
Linda Seebach, editorial writer at the _Rocky Mountain News_, supplied the example from Daniel Drezner’s blog.
The words _squeamish_ and _squirm_ both have comparatively unclear etymologies, but don’t appear to spring from a common origin. The former is several centuries older than the latter.
Sometimes, _squirmish_ can be found where the noun _skirmish_ would be expected. An example from and interview transcript on ABC Online, Australia:
> The story of the appointment of Robert Gerard has become a proxy leadership squirmish between supporters of Peter Costello and John Howard.