Sunday, June 24, 2007
Will Geek for Words 15: Queered by Q Words Edition
No kickbacks are involved and this is not a promotional stunt. I am not paid to plug this book yet here I am, mentioning it at the top of each of these posts and linking to the Amazon page for it. I am still half-expecting and awaiting a "cease and desist" letter from someone's lawyers. ("Tick-tock, Clarice, tick-tock.") I'm sure it's "fair use" to include excerpted selections in a non-commercial venture. Did I mention that I'm poor? (This intro keeps getting weirder, stranger and sicker as time goes on. When the words turn weird, the weird churn prose.)
- quaa, n.: a quagmire. also qua, quaw.
- quacksalver, n.: a charlatan, quack.
- quaddle, v.i.: to grumble. -n. a grumbler (British dialect).
- quaestuary, adj.: done or performed for money. -n someone who looks first to profit.
- quahog, n.: a thick-shelled American or North Atlantic clam. -v.i. to dig for quahogs.
- quartan, adj.: happening every fourth day; pertaining to the fourth. -n. a fever that returns every fourth day. 2. a measure equaling one-fourth of another measure.
- quarternight, n.: halfway between sundown and midnight.
- quaternary, n.: 1. a group of four; the number four. 2. (cap.) the Quaternary period (geology: sometimes called the Age of Man).
- quatrayle, n.: a great-great-great-grandfather.
- quawk, n. & v.: 1. caw, screetch. 2. the night heron. see qua.
- quean, n.: 1. a whore. 2. a young or unmarried woman. -v.i. to go around with queans.
- qued, adj.: evil, bad. -n evil; an evil person; the Devil.
- quelquechose, n.: a mere trifle, kickshaw (which see).
- queme, adj.: pleasant, agreeable, suitable. -v.t.&i. to please, suit, satisfy.
- querlmony, n.: a complaint.
- quidam, n.: an unknown person.
- quiddity, n.: the essence or nature of a thing. (that which answers the question, quid est? = what is it?) 2. a subtle distinction; cavil, quibble. 3. something intangible.
- quidnunc, n.: one who is curious to know everything that is going on; a gossip (Latin quid nunc? = what now?).
- quiff, n.: hair oiled and brushed away from the forehead.
- quire, n.: 1. a set of folded sheets fitting one within another. 2. a collection of twenty-four sheets [of paper] of the same size. 3. a small book or pamphlet consisting of a quire; a work that might be contained in a quire. -v.t. to make into quires.
- quo, n.: something traded for something else.
- quob, v.i.: to move, throb, quiver, or shake.
- quonking, n.: side-line chatter that disturbs a performer (slang).
- quoob, n.: a jerk; a misfit; a fish-out-of-water; a loser.
- quoz, n.: something ridiculous, absurd, or strange.
- qutb, n.: an Islamic saint who has reached the highest degree of sanctity.