Welcome to day 17 of the 2nd Annual Spanking A to Z blog challenge. Throughout June, spanking fiction authors will post a blog corresponding to a different letter of the alphabet, beginning with A and ending with Z. Many of the blogs, including mine, will focus on some aspect of spanking and/or the authors’ books, but you’ll also run across many random, but fun topics.
Q is for Qua
Qua, adv., meaning in the capacity of.
Ex: The President qua commander-in-chief sent troops to Afghanistan.
Qua is not a word that has ever appeared in any of my spanking romances, but I’ve used it a lot.
Qua has saved my butt numerous times. The letter Q in Scrabble is worth 10 points. I like to save it until I can play it on a double or triple word score (or at least a double to triple letter score) to rack up the points. But get the Q late in the game when the board is filled up, and often there isn’t a place to play quilt, quiet, quite, queen, quean, queer, the commonly used Q words.
That’s why qua is great; it’s short, and As are readily available. But, you also need a U and there are only four of them in Scrabble. Sometimes you have a Q and no available U. The horror!
Leftover letters at the end of game are deducted from your score and added to the other players’. Get stuck with a Q, worth 10 points, and it can make or break you.
So I have my favorite Q words that don’t require a U:
Qat – a variation of kat, which is a variation of khat, which is a tree grown in the Middle East, the leaves of which have stimulant and addictive properties.
Qaid – plural of caid, which is a Muslim leader.
Qoph – plural of koph, a Hebrew letter
Suq – plural of souk, which is a Middle Eastern marketplace
Faqir – plural of fakir, which is a Hindu ascetic
Tranq – plural of trank, a term for tranquilizer
There are longer words too, but when the spaces are loaded, it’s time for a Hail Mary pass.
Do you have a favorite Q word?