A still from Netflix’s hit TV series Squid Game.
A still from Netflix’s hit TV series Squid Game.
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Squid Game: everyone knows the Netflix TV series, but no one knows where the word ‘squid’ comes from

  • The English word ‘squid’ first appeared in the 1600s but major dictionaries merely say its origin is obscure
  • The creature’s curious characteristics prompt linguistic creativity, from Singapore English’s ‘blur like sotong’ to the Cantonese term for getting fired

A still from Netflix’s hit TV series Squid Game.
A still from Netflix’s hit TV series Squid Game.
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