I happened to be riding in the car with a friend of mine today, and he told his fellow passengers that at school this week their class had made a list of a hundred words that began with the letter T! Looming over his weekend, however is the prospect of having to do the same next week with the letter Q– a rather more difficult task.
So here’s a little head start, with quote and quotation, quill and quilt, quaint, question, quart and quarter, with quirt, a small whip carried by cowboys, quotidian (concerned with the mundane and everyday), quorum (the number of organization members who must be present to vote on business) quarrel (either an argument or the bolt fired from a crossbow) and my favorite Q word, queue, meaning a line or a pigtail braid, and which is pronounced “Q”.
Then my husband came home from work and we gave the matter further thought while I cooked dinner, with quake and quaff and quack and quit. How did I forget queen and quite, quiet and quality, quell and queer and queasy, quibble and quiver and quartz, quantity and quinine (the stuff that makes tonic water taste like tonic water, and also the medicine they give you for malaria)? And then there’s quick and quad and quadrangle and quarry and quadrant and quizzical and quip. And quail. And query and quandary. And quiescent, which neither of us could quite remember how to spell, though I got it right the first time when I typed it.
If I’m counting right, there’s 45 or so pretty good English Q words to get you started. Good luck, little dudes. My guess is you may have to cheat add some proper names like Quentin and Quetzalcoatl and Qumran, which is the name of the place where they found the Dead Sea Scrolls.