Welcome word nerds! Have I really made you wait three whole weeks to find out the meaning of absquatulate? I think I have. How abominable of me! Just because I’ve been having fun away down in the south of mainland Australia…
Let me remedy that now.
1. decamp • a frontiesman preparing to absquatulate and head for the wilderness;
2. abscond • the cashier absquatulated with the funds
Interestingly, both entries are marked as ‘slang’. People were obviously much fancier with their slang back then! Congratulations to the commenters who knew the right definition.
Now, onto today’s word. If I said to you, “I’ll see you in a fortnight”, how many of you would know how long that is? I’ve been led to believe it’s not in common use in the US, but maybe that’s not the case.
It comes from the Middle English fourteniht and literally means fourteen nights; in other words, two weeks. We use it frequently here in Australia, but maybe you don’t use it where you come from. Inquiring minds want to know!