Q is quirky, which is a polite way of saying it's crazy and doesn't make any sense. Look at it. It's an O with a tail. It can't travel alone, always has to have a "U" after it. And it makes the same sound as a K or a hard C, so it's redundant. You have to look hard to find Q in the dictionary between P and R. It doesn't even take up a whole page in the white pages of my phone book, and it isn't there at all in the yellow pages. P goes straight to R.
We could say Q is "quaint," which might be a snarky way of saying it's old and out of date, like my Windows XP computer which was being stripped and its contents loaded into a new computer as I wrote this on my laptop. Querulous is how I feel about that. But the dying of my old computer left me in a quandary and forced me to go to Staples for a new one.
Q is quizzical, meaning it makes us raise our eyebrows and say, "Huh?"
Q sits way off on the upper left edge of my QWERTY keyboard because everybody knows you don't need it very much, unlike D or I, which are right under my fingers.
Q makes a body want to quit this alphabet challenge because what can I write about Q? I did come up with some words: quail, beautiful birds which I have seen wandering around my woods; quilting, which a lot of Oregon coast ladies are crazy about; quiet, which it is up here in my trees when the ocean isn't smacking the sand in a hissy fit; quill like folks used to write with and dogs sometimes run into trouble with when they get friendly with porcupines; quote, which would require me to find somebody else's words to quote; quarter, one-fourth of something or the coin I have stuck in my Wells Fargo stage coach bank that I can't get open; and query, which is a pitch letter I could write about in my Writer Aid blog, but this isn't Writer Aid day (Fridays). I keep coming back to my question:
What's up with the letter Q?
Answers greatly appreciated.
B Childless by Marriage--B is for Baby
C Unleashed in Oregon--C is for Crate
D Writer Aid--D is for Deadline
E Unleashed in Oregon--E is for Ear
F Unleashed in Oregon--F is for Fur
G Unleashed in Oregon--G is for Gunk
H Childless by Marriage--H is for Harley
I Unleashed in Oregon--I is for I-5
J Writer Aid--J is for Job
K Unleashed in Oregon--Key is for Keys
L Unleashed in Oregon--L is for Lick
M Unleashed in Oregon--M is for Milk-Bone
N Childless by Marriage--N is for No, I Don't Know Any Children's Songs
O Unleashed in Oregon--O is for Oregon Everything
P Writer Aid--P is for prompts
Q Unleashed in Oregon
R Unleashed in Oregon
S Unleashed in Oregon
T Childless by Marriage
U Unleashed in Oregon
V Writer Aid
W Unleashed in Oregon
X Unleashed in Oregon
Y Unleashed in Oregon
Z Childless by Marriage
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