Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Q" Is For 'Quap! I Missed This One!'

Today got away from me.  I worked out for two hours and devoted another five to the W.I.P.  It went well for an hour.  Then, my quiet and peaceful bookstore was invaded by obnoxious teenagers with nothing better to do than cause a ruckus in a working environment and piss off paying customers.  It's one thing to sit and have a quiet conversation, but these kids were disruptive.  They screamed and yelled and acted like they owned the place.  They weren't reading.  They did not purchase anything.  And they harassed the poor Baristas for free ice water every ten seconds.

Is it still illegal to punch a minor?  Dang.

Anyway, as I'm about to lose yet another scrabble match to wordsmith master Josh Weed, I thought I would take this opportunity to help those I've slaughtered in the past - now that I know how it feels to lose, it seemed like the right thing to do.  Chivalry remains alive in my blood.

Avid scrabble players quickly learn the chapter James Lowen missed in Lies My Teacher Told Me: the letter u DOES NOT ALWAYS follow the letter q.  Shame on you, elementary teachers!  I'm looking at you, Ms. Maniago.  (Oh, and by the way, my handwriting has improved).

So, fellow scrabble players, today I will share my secret weapon.  For the most part, I have this list memorized.  Good luck in your next match!  And don't play against Josh; it never ends well.  Unless you're Josh, of course.

Q Without U Words: Alphabetical Order

FAQIR (Muslim or Hindu monk)
FAQIRS (plural of FAQIR)
MBAQANGA (a style of South African music)
QABALA (occult or secret doctrine, variation of CABALA)
QABALAS (plural of QABALA)
QADI (Islamic judge)
QADIS (plural of QADI)
QAID (a Muslim tribal chief or senior official)
QAIDS (plural of QAID)
QANAT (gently sloping underground tunnel for irrigation)
QANATS (plural of QANAT)
QAT (leaf of the shrub Catha edulis)
QATS (plural of QAT)
QI (a circulating life energy in Chinese philosophy)
QIS (plural of QI)
QINDAR (Albanian currency, variation of QINTAR)
QINDARS (plural of QINDAR)
QINTAR (Albanian currency)
QINTARS (plural of QINTAR)
QIVIUT (musk-ox wool)
QIVIUTS (plural of QIVIUT)
QOPH (19th letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
QOPHS (plural of QOPH)
QWERTY (the traditional configuration of computer keyboard keys)
QWERTYS (plural of QWERTY)
SHEQEL (any of several ancient units of weight)
TRANQ (sedative)
TRANQS (plural of TRANQ)

Want to impress me?  Use one in a sentence!


  1. "How much?" My tranlastor repeated the query to the vendor. I hoped I had enough QINTARS. The bag looked like real snakeskin. Illegal, of course to take it home, but I still coveted the damn thing like a magpie covets shiny bling.

  2. His qi was slowly draining from his battered body...

    Great list!

    Duncan In Kuantan

  3. You forgot one-Qaḏḏāfī, as in Muammar al, (the leader of Libya). Sometimes his name is spelled that way!

  4. Nice to see you in A2Z blogging fest.
    I love your blog.

    I have few correction for your Q-post.
    FAQIR is not a Hindu monk.
    He is not Qadi, he is Qazi.

    Any way lovely post.

    I am following your blog.

    Please stop by my blog and if you like, please follow my blog.

    With warm welcome,

  5. My Qi manipulation skills border on super natural. Yes, two words.

  6. Yes, another master Scrabble player!
    Maybe you could find another minor to punch the minors?

  7. Roberta: Thanks so much. I think I FINALLY have all the kinks worked out. It was not an easy transition.

    Duncan: Great sentence! Always good to see you here.

    Greta: I actually just copied the list from the article I linked above. It was on, so who knows how accurate it is. Maybe the game doesn't except that word???

    Guijari: I did not make the list myself, but I did look up your corrections. There are a number of sources that define FAQIR as a Muslim or Hindu monk:
    and Qadi as an Islamic judge Of course, that doesn't mean these sources are accurate - perhaps things got lost in translation somewhere. Thanks for the input; nice to meet you.

    Matt: Clever, though I'd never expect anything less from you.

    Alex: Now THAT is an idea. Well done!

  8. You would think someone rearranged the letters to my trusty qwerty keyboard the way I've been mistyping, but, really, it's just these hordes of teenagers disrupting my qi, making me desperate for a tranq to put in their ice waters.


    I'm a store manager, and a seasonal Borders bookseller, and so I force myself to be happyhappysupersmiley to these...guests. So, you can imagine how this post COMPLETELY resonated with me. Thank you for sharing!

  9. I think I weigh 50 SHEQELS !!

  10. You got me knocked out the park.

  11. QI is one of my favorite tv quizzes, technically it is then an abbreviation for Quite Interesting, but it is Friday and I want to visit a lot of A to Z blogs before I head into the weekend!


  12. I punched the minor in his mbaqanga.

    Okay, so it turns out I'm much better at using Q-words in Scrabble than in a sentence...

  13. You will need to use qigong to calm yourself once you learn qawwal, qawwali, and qawwals slipped your mind. By the way, I do not suggest that you take qinghaosu for the problem, however, since it is only considered effective for malaria.


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