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GuyBarry
1290303.  Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:05 am Reply with quote

DVD Smith wrote:

Quadrophenia - A four-way split personality, via a distortion of "schizophrenia". Coined by Pete Townshend for the Who album of the same name.


Wasn't it also intended as a pun on "quadraphonic"?

 
DVD Smith
1290388.  Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:57 am Reply with quote

It probably was, but I couldn't find any record of Pete Townshend actually definitely stating that a lot of talk about how the album was recorded in quadraphonic sound, but nothing about if it inspired the name.

 
DVD Smith
1290392.  Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:35 am Reply with quote

From Haggard Hawks today:

Quockerwodger - A politician whose strings are being pulled by someone else.

 
Jenny
1290441.  Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:03 am Reply with quote

Oh thank you for that, DVD! I've followed that Twitter account.

 
Pickypete
1290454.  Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:47 pm Reply with quote

DVD Smith wrote:
A politician whose strings are being pulled by someone else.


That's a politician isn't it?

 
tetsabb
1290500.  Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:18 am Reply with quote

Gosh, can't think of anyone that might apply to currently, can you?

 
DVD Smith
1292415.  Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:13 am Reply with quote

Quiff the bladder - conceal one's baldness. Comes from 'quiff' meaning to dodge or trick.

Quaker's bargain - a binary ultimatum ('take it or leave it').

Quarry - 18th-19th century slang for female genitals.

Quarter-to-one feet - Said of someone who has a splayed foot (so their feet resemble quarter-to-one on a clock).

Quimwedging - Sexual intercourse.

All taken from A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.

 
Shruthi
1292436.  Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:15 am Reply with quote

Qiviut (an Eskimo word meaning underwool and pronounced KEE-vee-oot): referred to the wool of the musk-ox.

 
Shruthi
1292439.  Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:42 am Reply with quote

Shakespeare's words:
quail (n.) Old form(s): Quailes
courtesan, prostitute (also: the bird)

quail (v.) Old form(s): quaile
fail, slacken, flag

quail (v.) Old form(s): quaile
daunt, dishearten, intimidate

quail (v.) Old form(s): Quaile
overpower, destroy, make an end

https://www.shakespeareswords.com/Public/Glossary.aspx?letter=q

 
Spud McLaren
1292482.  Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:08 pm Reply with quote

DVD Smith wrote:
Quarter-to-one feet - Said of someone who has a splayed foot (so their feet resemble quarter-to-one on a clock).
My mother used to refer to certain persons as having quarter-to-three feet.
Also (of bow-legged, splay-footed ladies of a certain age) as having Queen Anne legs.

 
crissdee
1292504.  Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:06 am Reply with quote

Ten to two, "round our way".

 
FionaJ
1292751.  Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:06 pm Reply with quote

Qaaltagh/qualtagh/quaaltagh -
The first person one encounters, either after leaving one's home or (sometimes) outside one's home, especially on New Year's Day. It means 'first foot' and is used largely on the Isle of Man.
An alternative meaning is the first person to enter the house on New Year's Day.

Sources:
https://wikidiff.com/quaaltagh/qualtagh
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/quaaltagh
https://www.waywordradio.org/quaaltagh/

 
FionaJ
1293193.  Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:53 pm Reply with quote

Querquedule -
An old name for the garganey duck, a small dabbling duck which doesn't even seem as large as this word.

Quadragesimal -
Lasting 40 days, or a set of 40 things.

Quaquaversal -
Heading off in all directions, like an exploding firework.

Sources:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/64012/40-quirky-q-words-add-your-vocabulary

 
DVD Smith
1294973.  Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:15 am Reply with quote

Quasar a person who has fame and notoriety thrust upon them without their consent/control.

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Efros
1294976.  Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:29 am Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
DVD Smith wrote:
Quarter-to-one feet - Said of someone who has a splayed foot (so their feet resemble quarter-to-one on a clock).
My mother used to refer to certain persons as having quarter-to-three feet.
Also (of bow-legged, splay-footed ladies of a certain age) as having Queen Anne legs.


Referred to as 'couldn't stop a pig in an alley' in the Sunderland area.

 

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