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)
MBAQANGAS (plural of MBAQANGA)
QABALA (occult or secret doctrine, variation of CABALA)
QABALAH (variation of CABALA, QABALA)
QABALAS (plural of QABALA)
QABALAHS (plural of QABALAH)
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)
QINDARKA (plural of QINDAR)
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)
SHEQALIM (plural of SHEQEL)
SHEQEL (any of several ancient units of weight)
TRANQS (plural of TRANQ)
Want to impress me? Use one in a sentence!