Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Q is for Quake....which is what this post always makes me do


makes me Quake



Q never Quite Queues up


Most people do not have a single clue
how hard it is to find a name with ‘Q’
Tom, Dick and also Harry
yeah, Radheshyam and Parry
but Q doesn’t queue up, no can do.

Did Q ever give you a Greek god?
name a famous Roman Caesar? a cephalopod?
We can moan and grumble
but Q is not an example
of a letter that is abundant and broad.

Where exactly does Q come from?
Search from Greek Omega to Sanskrit Om
You won’t see it anywhere -
magicked from Latin n thin air
and the upstart’s made itself quite at home!

Let me give you some facts, plain and cold:
Q’s the second least common letter, all told.
Less than one percent of words
where Q is seen and heard
it clearly believes that silence is gold.



And no guesses for what's the least common letter - that makes me shake in my shoes too! 


Does anyone else here shiver and shake, Quiver and Quake when the time comes for the terrible-two baddy shoes (Qu) letters? Why does Q come in always coupled with U? What are your top Q-tips for getting over this speed bump in the A-Z? 



Posted for the A-Z Challenge 2016 




42 comments:

  1. I had to get creative with my Q letter post too, which will be evident tomorrow, in our time zone. I know which two letters give me the biggest trouble. I wonder too, who decided that Q pairs well with U for a blended sound. Good question. . .

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    1. The only name that came to mind was Quentin Tarantino :) rest totally blanked out...I didn't think he'd like to be limericked :)

      Look forward to the creativity. I have a feeling a whole lot of us will have to get creative

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  2. Q was easy for me, believe it or not. (You'll see tomorrow!)

    As for first names, I know of Quentin and Quinton, and there was a popular TV producer in the 1960s named Quinn Martin (although his name at birth was Irwin Martin Cohn).

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    1. I believe you! Comics and sci-fi no problem it seems...but I need people/characters a few millennia old preferably :)

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    1. no, it wasn't and that is a gem of an understatement :)

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  4. African American's will use the queesh sound in many names like Laquita or Laquesha. You can call them Quita and Quesha for short. I don't recommend you use them in a blog post. But just a little trivia between language lovers.

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    1. Thanks! I didn't know those diminutives and the particular usage. I like collecting trivia, you have got it right!

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  5. There's always the character Q on Star Trek Next Generation!
    Off for training - will catch up to you Saturday here, emails every night.

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    1. Yep, so there is!...though he might be a tad futuristic for this mishmash of a theme based on historical/period characters :)

      Enjoy the training and the break! Will email everything.

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  6. Q made me a little queasy but you sure made it look easy! Loving you rhymes!

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    1. Really?! Verry pleased if so...Q isn't what I'd call easy easily :D

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  7. I love the letter Q - Quinn was my post today, a character in my book. It was and always is Z that gets me. LOL

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    1. You lucky thing!! OMG, who do I have for Z?! panicking now!

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  8. Great rhyme :-) Q took some thinking, but I got there with "query letters" ;-) Good luck with the rest of the AtoZchallenge.

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    1. Thanks for the visit. Query letters is an awesome choice!

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  9. Really fun to read your post! The rhyming and meter were great to read with a Quick cadence. I'm also from the A to Z challenge! @NinaRubin1
    Afterdefeat
    Coaching By Nina Rubin

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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks for being here.

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  10. Hi Nila - I've been creative with Q ... but that's essential in the A-Z ... sometimes it's easy - I often think of the difficult letters first ... J, K, Q, V, U, X, Z - and if necessary create around them ...

    But Quaking shake ... I used to quake a lot in my early years ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Yeah, Q and X can make or break a theme really.. I quake all the time, even for the easier letters, and even when I am not doing the A-Z :)

      Thanks much for the A-Z support! Appreciate it truly!

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  11. You worry about poor ol' Q when I fear what lies ahead! What am I to do with the last six I wonder, quake and quiver! ;)
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

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    1. You'll be fine Kala, you'll think of something! And ace them brilliantly. Z is for Zebra (stripes) of course :) Btw, I have seen a kitchen done up in leopard print. Don't ask :D

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  12. I got lucky this year with Q because I had a character whose last name was Quinn. I love the letter Q because it's just sort of cute.

    @Kathleen01930
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    #AtoZchallenge

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    1. Cute? You've got be joking! :) Phew! n phew again!

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  13. never quit - that's the key to Q

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    1. Yup! never give up...just make up my own words if I can't find one in the dictionary :)

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  14. I loved your use of Q-tips! Good one! I have met a child name Quinetta. I hope I have the spelling right.

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    1. Quinetta is new to me. That must be the feminine version of Quinn, which seems to be popular this year for the Q posts :) Thanks for visiting

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  15. I'm playing catch-up today, so I'm OccuPied with O and P before dealing with Q. There is an infamous character in history, last name of Quisling, but I'm guessing he has been blogged about already. That's what happens when you start running behind - all the best topics get taken.

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    1. No copyrights on topics! :) Quisling is a great candidate for the Q-post. A bit too modern for this theme here, but otherwise A-1! Wishing you a smooth catch up.

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  16. Just love the rhyme! I'm still smiling! I had enormous difficulty in finding an obscure Q word for my themed story today. Making up for it tomorrow though with 5 neglected P words!

    Keith's Ramblings

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    1. I will be over shortly to check the R-words out. Quidnunc or was it quindunc? :) was enormously fun

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  17. Q is a hard one but you manage to make it fun too. Great post!!

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    1. Thanks. There are harder ones coming, yikes!

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  18. i totally had to go look up the origins of q today after reading your poem.

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    1. I hope the antecedents proved satisfactory :)

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  19. Q is for quality.
    which this is, thank you for sharing

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  20. Q-tips! I get it! Congratulations on your funny pun, and on overcoming your Qualms about Q and getting so close to meeting your Quota of posts for the A to Z Quest!

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    1. Haha you always do, Susan. Thanks for being here!

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  21. Have just discovered your blog and been reading through a few posts. Love your sensibility--both quixotic and quizzical!

    purplemangotree.blogspot.com
    raneespoems.blogspot.com
    rkb-lbc-09.blogspot.com

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    1. Ah good Q words those! Thank you for associating them with me :)

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