An Absquatulated Horse

I learned a new word on Monday: “absquatulated.”

I’m no scholar of journalism, but I’m assuming that the cost of this notice was not calculated by the number of characters used.

[This image comes from the 20 May 1847 issued of the Hillsborough Recorder.]

2 thoughts on “An Absquatulated Horse”

  1. Terrific word! I found four uses of it in the NC Newspapers collection on DigitalNC.org. My favorite was in a 1858 paper in reference to a politician who had “absquatulated some years ago with Government money.”

  2. Found another great one, from 1841: “These are the days of Bank absquatulators and swindlers.”

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