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Chris -- 2015-05-30
Scores of web sites use “screwtinize/screwtinise” in place of “scrutinize/scrutinise.”
I can think of two semantic rationales for the switch. One is the way people twist (screw up) their faces when examining something closely. The other is the desire to put others on the spot (screw them) by looking closely at their behavior.
A few examples:
: “I’m sorry but if you are in the public eye- right or wrong your speech will be screwtinized and to act shocked over that is bizzare to me.”
: “Also, the pattern should have good root-to-tip tooth contact…. any ‘hard’ line close to the root of the tooth should be screwtinized.”
: “Laselle on the other hand took the liberty to screwtinize my work. and even offered me to skip foundation and proceed to level 1”
: “let’s screwtinise your company and try find all those Joes (Joses) who do not fall for the lipstick on McCain ”