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origins of "Squid"

WhiteKiboko

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http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=squid&searchmode=none

"squid - marine mollusk, 1613, of unknown origin; perhaps a sailors' variant of squirt, so called for the "ink" it squirts out. "

i guess that doesnt really help..... next time im in an adequate library, i'll try the OED (if there isnt a complete online version thats free)
 

erich orser

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That's better than what I've been able to find, WK - all I've got at arms' length is the Richard Ellis list of foreign language names for giant squid!
 

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