picture-skew

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A deliberately-mispronounced respelling of picturesque, for humorous effect.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɪkt͡ʃəˌskjuː/

Adjective[edit]

picture-skew (not comparable)

  1. (humorous) Alternative form of picturesque
    • 1926: Florence Nelson & C F Scheer, Safety education (Education Division, National Safety Council), page 22:
      However, in a broad-brimmed hat
      And frilly dress, she figured that
      She looked quite sweet and picture-skew,
      When seated in a green canoe.
    • 1943: James Styles, The Soul of the Universe, and Other Poems (New Method Ptg. Co.), page 12:
      This was their first trip on this road.
      That they were thrilled, their faces showed.
      One of them oft admired the view,
      Exclaiming, “Ain’t that picture-skew”!
    • 1945: New statesman: The Week-end Review (Statesman and Nation Publishing), page 31:
      Cheap-looking, true — but picture-skew — my Kots will stretch for miles in […]
    • 1958: George Smith, The Cornhill Magazine (Smith, Elder and co.), volume 170, issues 1,015–1,020, page 333:
      {1}[] I thought it was out of date to like things to be picture-skew,” Peter said, []
      {2} Picture-skew; a bit of tout droit; carry on, Jeeves; the horrible puns []
    • 2005: Philip Hart, The Flight of the Mystic Owls (Kessinger Publishing), page 184:
      [] We’ll get the elk and the deer and the rocks in our own picture-skew way, won’t we, Ron?”
      “If you mean ‘picturesque’ I’d say that you are quite right. []

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