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To think that Skitters is really bad name for a squirrel?

(31 Posts)
Grandhighpoohba Sat 03-Sep-11 12:08:41

I'm speaking to you Ceebeebies. Where I live, skitters is another word for diarrhoea. Nice. Shitty the Squirrel.

GlitterySkulls Sat 03-Sep-11 12:11:48

yanbu - eewww.

TrillianAstra Sat 03-Sep-11 12:18:17

Skittering is exactly how squirrels move - sounds very appropriate to me.

yellowraincoat Sat 03-Sep-11 12:34:59

There was a Slyvanian Family toy called Skitter/s when I was little. How we laughed.

SnapesMistress Sat 03-Sep-11 12:40:51

I have never heard of skitters being a slang for the runs, grew up in the westcountry and now live in Yorkshire, where is it from?

MitchiestInge Sat 03-Sep-11 12:41:53

I think you mean squitters?

MitchiestInge Sat 03-Sep-11 12:44:00

Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 Oxford University Press:
▶plural noun
informal diarrhoea.
– origin C17: perh. from dial. squit ‘to squirt’.

HengshanRoad Sat 03-Sep-11 12:44:45

No-one complains about Winnie the Pooh...

zelda1982 Sat 03-Sep-11 12:46:03

we say "do you have the squits?" Squits also means when you pay someone back and you are now even ie "we're squits now"

fiveisanawfullybignumber Sat 03-Sep-11 12:46:29

I'd have thought it's more inappropriate as I know it. Short slang for someone very agitated and manic, think of mental illnesses. I find it tactless and offensive in either context.

yellowraincoat Sat 03-Sep-11 12:47:45

Don't know about spelling, but we def pronounced it skitters. I'm from north of Scotland, partner from Manchester and he used the word too.

worraliberty Sat 03-Sep-11 12:47:50

HengshanRoad grin grin

EarthMotherImNot Sat 03-Sep-11 12:56:19

Skitters are the aliens in FX's Fallen Skiessmile

ConstanceNoring Sat 03-Sep-11 12:57:00

zelda it's 'we're quits now", not squits grin

ConstanceNoring Sat 03-Sep-11 12:58:12

winnie the shit

winnie the squits

grin grin

<unreasonably amused by toilet humour today>

Grandhighpoohba Sat 03-Sep-11 13:19:29

in Scotland.

grin at a squirrel moving like the shits.

zelda1982 Sat 03-Sep-11 15:04:59

well we've always said "squits" so there :P (whys there no sticky out tongue on here)

upahill Sat 03-Sep-11 15:07:36

A skitter is someone who takes the mickey out of something where i come from.
A squit is slang for a runny shit.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Sat 03-Sep-11 15:11:14

skitters means the runs here in Edinburgh, yes

TidyDancer Sat 03-Sep-11 16:13:21

Squits or shits for diarrhoea, never heard skits or skitters!

A skit is a comedy piece!

<wonders why it is necessary to come up with more names for runny poo>

Callisto Sat 03-Sep-11 16:15:34

Skitter is the way something moves.

skit·ter Verb/&#712;skit&#601;r/
1. Move lightly and quickly: "the girls skittered up the stairs".
2. Draw (bait) jerkily across the surface of the water as a technique in fishing

Grandhighpoohba Sat 03-Sep-11 16:57:44

"the girls skittered up the stairs"

That would take some cleaning up.

qo Sat 03-Sep-11 17:01:02

hehe!! I have a scottish mum and gran, so I knew skitters meant the shits too!!

MalkieFraser Sat 03-Sep-11 17:08:30

Aye, I had a chuckle when I watched that. Skitters are definitely the shits.

SardineQueen Sat 03-Sep-11 17:14:44

Squits around here. Well not right now but you know what I mean grin

Also "quits" when things are settled and even.

Skittering is a way of moving.

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