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The following sentence has been taken from the signature of Grammar Geek:

"I don't know squat about Type II conditionals, but I write for a living, so I'm pretty good at knowing what reads well."

What does squat mean in the context of the above sentence?
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I am sure it means "stuff" here.
Ant_222I am sure it means "stuff" here.
Hi Ant,

I belive you are correct. But my dictionary doesn't state any such meaning. That's a problem. Don't you think? Take care.

Kind regards, Jackson
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I'm not sure, but I think "I don't know squat about" means "I know nothing about..."
Have a look at [url=http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_701710054/squat.html]this[/url]:

squat (slang) = diddlysquat (or diddly-squat),

and this is [url=http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary ]merriam-webster's definition:[/url]

slang : the least amount : anything at all <didn't know diddly-squat about sports -- Sam Toperoff>

We'd better wait for Barbara Emotion: smile
Perhaps you could have asked me directly?

Tanit has it exactly.
Jackson6612
Ant_222I am sure it means "stuff" here.
I belive you are correct. But my dictionary doesn't state any such meaning. That's a problem. Don't you think?

Hi Jackson

believe (typo?)

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The term squat has been used in the sentence to mean that the person i does not know much about the subject

You might have heard someone say they dont know diddly squat about something. it has the same meaning.
Hi,

I think of 'squat' as scatological, so my advcie is to be careful who you use this term with.

Consider this, from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/diddly-squat

did·dly-squat also did·dly·squat


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n. Slang

A small or worthless amount.

[Alteration of diddlyshit (influenced by doodly-squat) : diddly (probably from diddle) + shit, added as an intensive (from shit).]

Best wishes, Clive
  1. means "nothing", "nada", as in "I don't know anything about Type II conditionals, but I write for a living, so I'm pretty good at knowing what reads well."
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