||[Jul. 3rd, 2006|10:12 pm]
Say It To Me
squash (skwŏsh, skwôsh)
1. To beat, squeeze, or press into a pulp or a flattened mass; crush
2. To put down or suppress; quash:
3. To silence or fluster, as with crushing words
1. To become crushed, flattened, or pulpy, as by pressure or impact.
2. To move with a splashing or sucking sound, as when walking through boggy ground.
There are some dictionaryporn that are dirty words in their own right, ones which describe something naughty, sensual, dirty…
(and I’m sure you can think of a few of those!)
…but there are also everyday words. Ones which aren’t sexy. Unless you make them sexy, of course. Which is where squash comes in.
It’s just so everyday, a racket game played by sweaty men, a vegetable (think marrow/ pumpkin), a fruit drink… What could be dictionaryporn about a childhood word?
But try pronouncing it, go on, say it out loud now. The first few letters, your lips pulled back, like a pinball trigger, waiting to pounce. Skw… purse those lips.
…wash - the wave of letters, tumbling out, exhale.
Such a short word, yet two parts, the sharp inward breath, then the longer release.
And quite a rude word, when you think about it. Not just the physical act of squashing someone(!), but also the feel of something giving way. The almost onomatopeic sensation, as you squash through mud or other things. Hmm…