December 13, 2019
squabble (noun)
\SKWAH-bul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a noisy quarrel usually over unimportant things
How do you use it?
Tim and Catherine got into a squabble over which hill to go sledding on, but eventually settled on the one at the north end of the park.
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Language experts aren't sure which language "squabble" comes from, but they think it's one of the languages listed below. Which one do you think it is?

We don't want to get into a squabble with anyone who chose B, Scandinavian. Scandinavian is really the name used for a group of North Germanic languages, including Icelandic, Swedish, and Norwegian, among others. "Squabble" is very similar to the Swedish word "skvabbel," meaning "dispute." Many other words we use every day are Scandinavian in origin. A few of them are "freckle," "kid," and "law." Another one of the choices above is also actually a group of languages. Some Slavic languages include Russian, Polish, Czech, and Ukrainian.
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