Green’s Dictionary of Slang

squirm, the n.

[the curves and curlicues that typified it]

the art nouveau style.

(con. 1900s) J.H. Fraser ‘Recycling Art’ at [Internet] Like many artistic movements, Art Nouveau was made of many different styles. There were common links but it is this uniqueness that epitomises the movement, its only one character being an aim to try to defy the established order of the fine and applied arts of the time. This ‘new art’ was hated in Britain by the established contemporaries, the critics referring to it as ‘The Squirm’.