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Etymology edit

A deliberately mispronounced respelling of picturesque, for humorous effect.

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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 []
    • 1958, George Smith, The Cornhill Magazine, volume 170, numbers 1015-1020, Smith, Elder and co, 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      {1} [] I thought it was out of date to like things to be picture-skew,” Peter said, []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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