I don't know about you, but when I would draw the letter "Q" in scrabble my mind would start to race. Immediately my mind would draw a blank, except for the echoing of.. "Q" ... "Q" ... As if repeating the letter over and over again in my mind would make a word pop up any faster.
Sure anyone could come up with queen or question. Now-a-days with Word for Friends (a trendy game app for your I-phone or a game I play on FaceBook) I have noticed that the popular "q" word being used is qi*(pronounced chi). Fits just about anywhere, bonus it you place it on a triple-letter or triple-word score box!
Central to Taoist world-view and practice is qi (chi). Qi is life-force -- that which animates the forms of the world. It is the vibratory nature of phenomena -- the flow and tremoring that is happening continuously at molecular, atomic and sub-atomic levels. In Japan it is called “ki,” and in India, “prana” or “shakti.” The ancient Egyptians referred to it as “ka,” and the ancient Greeks as “pneuma.” For Native Americans it is the “Great Spirit” and for Christians, the “Holy Spirit.” In Africa it’s known as “ashe” and in Hawaii as “ha” or “mana.”
In China, the understanding of qi is inherent in the very language. For instance: The literal translation of the Chinese character meaning “health” is “original qi.” The literal translation of the character for “vitality” is “high quality qi.” The literal translation of the character meaning “friendly” is “peaceful qi." Resource: About.com
Well I am here to tell you that there is more to the letter "Q" than queen, question or qi...
quit, quiz, quad, quack, quail, quart, queer, quest, queue, quiet, quill, quirk, quite, quota, quote, quaint, quaker, quarry, queasy, quiche, quince, quinoa, quirky, quiver, qwerty, qualify, quality, quaalude, quantity, quenched...
... to name a few. Yes, there are many, many more too.
Of course I have heard of all of these words... Then why is it when I see the letter "Q" I instantly feel like I am going to take a test or a pop quiz? My heart starts to speed up, my hands get sweaty and my brain starts to scramble.
What does "Q" do for you?
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