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Spud McLaren
1295072.  Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:53 pm Reply with quote

That too.

1295293.  Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:33 am Reply with quote

Quasihemidemisemiquaver - half a hemidemisemiquaver, or what the Americans would call a "128th-note". Unusual in that the prefix "quasi-" is here used to mean "half" rather than "almost" or "seemingly".

I've already proposed this word as a candidate for the longest word in English with more vowels than consonants - 12 vowels and 11 consonants. (See here - it depends on whether you admit "aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriolic" or not.)

1295613.  Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:18 am Reply with quote

Quadrille has three (and only three) distinct meanings:
-A grid pattern
-A card game
-A square dance

But maybe four meanings if you count this one:
-Referring to the music of the square dance^

1295619.  Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:40 am Reply with quote

When I see the word quadrille, I always think of Lewis Carroll's Lobster Quadrille, and this chapter in Alice in Wonderland:

'You may not have lived much under the sea—' (I haven't,' said Alice)—'and perhaps you were never even introduced to a lobster- -' (Alice began to say 'I once tasted—' but checked herself hastily, and said 'No, never') '—so you can have no idea what a delightful thing a Lobster Quadrille is!'
'No, indeed,' said Alice. 'What sort of a dance is it?'
'Why,' said the Gryphon, 'you first form into a line along the sea-shore—'
'Two lines!' cried the Mock Turtle. 'Seals, turtles, salmon, and so on; then, when you've cleared all the jelly-fish out of the way—'
'That generally takes some time,' interrupted the Gryphon.

'—you advance twice—'
'Each with a lobster as a partner!' cried the Gryphon.
'Of course,' the Mock Turtle said: 'advance twice, set to partners—'
'—change lobsters, and retire in same order,' continued the Gryphon.
'Then, you know,' the Mock Turtle went on, 'you throw the—'
'The lobsters!' shouted the Gryphon, with a bound into the air.
'—as far out to sea as you can—'
'Swim after them!' screamed the Gryphon.
'Back to land again, and that's all the first figure,' said the Mock Turtle, suddenly dropping his voice; and the two creatures, who had been jumping about like mad things all this time, sat down again very sadly and quietly, and looked at Alice.
'It must be a very pretty dance,' said Alice timidly.
'Would you like to see a little of it?' said the Mock Turtle.
'Very much indeed,' said Alice.
'Come, let's try the first figure!' said the Mock Turtle to the Gryphon. 'We can do without lobsters, you know. Which shall sing?'
'Oh, you sing,' said the Gryphon. 'I've forgotten the words.'
So they began solemnly dancing round and round Alice, every now and then treading on her toes when they passed too close, and waving their forepaws to mark the time, while the Mock Turtle sang this, very slowly and sadly:—

'"Will you walk a little faster?" said a whiting to a snail.
"There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle—will you come and join the

Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the

"You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!"
But the snail replied "Too far, too far!" and gave a look askance—
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the
Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join the

'"What matters it how far we go?" his scaly friend replied.
"There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further off from England the nearer is to France—
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the

DVD Smith
1296304.  Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:06 am Reply with quote

Quadrumanous - Term analogous with 'quadruped' that describes an animal that has four usable hands (with opposable digits). [1] Applies to all non-humanoid primates. Humans are known as bimanous (along with bipedal).

Quadrumanous scrambling - The technical term for the motion done by orangutans when they move from tree to tree. [2] [3] (This is different from the on-all-fours walk that gorillas do, which is known as knuckle-walking.)

Thanks to our lack of opposable toes, humans aren't technically quadrumanous like our ancestors. However, that hasn't stopped us - according to New Scientist 1 in 13 of us have unusually bendy feet adapted to climb trees.

Alexander Howard
1298584.  Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:48 am Reply with quote

'Query' is an error, a crass misspelling of a word. The word is actually 'quaere'; a term of legal Latin, pronounced the same way.

(Law Latin is not pronounced in the way classical purists insist that the Romans spoke their language, before classicists jump at that one.)

1328233.  Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:39 am Reply with quote

Q words that have the lowest score in scrabble(NO 2 LETTER WORDS!!!) both have a value of 12



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