Squeejaw

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5 comments on this post.
  1. Victoria Ayers:

    IN north central Pennsylvania it’s “skweehawed” and applies to things like car doors that fall out of alignment and thereafter creak and groan when moved.

  2. OwenKL:

    I recognize the term whopperjawed. I grew up in Oregon in the ’50s & ’60, but if I picked it up from my parents, they were from northern Wisconsin.

  3. Laurie Sutherland:

    “If the points are off and it’s kind of skeejaw, why you know they really don’t care that much about it.” This term Mom used might have been used by quilters, and her grandmother (Pennsylvania Dutch) was one all of her life. Skeejaw is used on this webpage of the Quilt Alliance: http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/qsos/interview.php?kid=14-31-D45

  4. Nik Berry:

    The OED has ‘skewgee’ with the same meaning.

  5. Erin W.:

    My mother uses “squeejawed”–she grew up in the 1950s-’60s in Colorado and, as the kid of missionaries, in Japan. I’ll have to ask where she picked it up!

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