Quoting Quality Contributers – The Alphabet Series Continues with Letter Q

QueueRalph Dopping suggested the word Quandary, and that’s what I was in when I wondered…how many “Q” words will people submit?

Barbara Klein was first in the Queue with the word queue, but she questioned whether the word, a quotidian word for line-up, was commonplace. In Barbara’s words: “to queue, an admirable custom the British are known for, unfortunately unheard of in some countries and unless you follow the prevailing habits, you will be left in a corner with zilch in your hands.”

Do you use the word Queue?

Erin Feldman and Vidya Sury each suggested Quagmire, and I’m sure that those of us in business have at one time or another dealt with a quagmire. (and no…not the one on Family Guy, haha!)

But to Quit just because of a Quagmire would not be a Question. True entrepreneurs Quash the idea of Quitting! (how’s that for some alliteration?)

In business, the word Quality is often used, and perhaps even over-used. After all, who doesn’t say they offer a Quality product or service?

But how does one determine or measure Quality? (Be sure to click on the little lego video in the post:) Bill Dormans take on Quality: “Quality above all else; make sure you take care of the little things really, really well and everything else will fall into place. And that’s a fact Jack.”

Jayme Soulati suggested the word Quintessential, and as the quintessential queen of the quick quip, I’d say that’s a mighty powerful Q word. Lori Gosselin added to the quintessence by stating: “Quintessence”. It means “The chief, purest or best part of anything; the fifth and highest essence, present in all things, but distinct from the four elements of earth, water, air and fire. LOVE that word. It’s who we really are!”

I’ll end this Quest for Q words by quoting Vidya Sury:

“I wonder what Q will bring? Query? Quest?  Qualifier? Quail? Quarter? Quagmire? Whatever it is, it will be quite a quality quaint quilt of words.”

I hope this quilt of words provided a bright spot to your day. Now bring on the “R” words for next week’s post.




  • http://twitter.com/lifeforinstance Life, for instance

    Very Quoool! Nah – that doesn’t work, does it? Who knew there were so many “Q” words that could be quilted (love that Vidya!) into a post!
    My “R” words are many; respect, responsibility, rejuvenation, reinvention, and resplendent!
    Happy Monday Kaarina!

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       Happy Monday to you @twitter-228904159:disqus , and thanks for the Q and R words:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • http://twitter.com/adamtoporek Adam Toporek

    I will say that this post is anything but quotidian. For business, I like Bill’s choice of quality. No matter what price level you sell at, you should provide the best quality in your market.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       Thanks @twitter-223833082:disqus . Quality’s a top drawer word in business and in life, as long as we’re able to prove it in both actions and words:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • Al

    Even the Q’s ?  You are so awesome.  First thing that popped in my (disturbed) head was Jonny Quest. Ha. one of my fav cartoons as a kid.  Just found out recently, they are making a Jonny Quest movie. wow ! Anyway, also thought of, as I get older, I really appreciate the Quiet. Ahhhhhhh. yes.

    Ok. the R’s. You know I have to go with Respect.  Give it to get it.  Also, be Responsible.  And for leaders, CEO’s and management; Recognize and Reward people for their efforts.

    Luv ya.


    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       I remember Johnny Quest @55bda8bf067c222f67632d2dc41af473:disqus :) And Quiet is something that we should all plug into our day. Thanks for the R words: they will be included next week. Cheers! Kaarina

  • http://www.vidyasury.com Vidya Sury

    Ah, got the Rumor in my email!  Very interesting!

    Now, to Roll my Rs..

    Rampantly Rummaging around for Random Ramifications, I Reckon the Readers here are Radical, Radiant,  Ready, Realistic, Rapturous, Reassuring and Rational. And you, Kaarina, are quite the Raconteur because I Return here with Renewed interest because you are in my Radar. I love the Repartee here! Rarely do I Relish and Revel in the Reactions more. (I am pretty sure I overdosed that with my Rabid Rant ;-))

    Recommend, Recognize, Reinforce… Okay, I am Running off to Refuel and Relax!

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       Oh my goodness @vidyasury:disqus , that is one rockin’ and rollin’, power-packed paragraph of R words. Thanks so much! Run, refuel and relax…some great advice. Cheers! Kaarina

  • http://www.writerightwords.com/ Erin Feldman

    I love the word “queue” and use it whenever possible. :)

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       I do too @ErinFeldman:disqus :) Now how ’bout queueing up an “R” word:) Cheers! Kaarina

      • http://www.writerightwords.com/ Erin Feldman

        Haha! I think Lori and Vidya have done an admirable job with the “r” words.

        How about things you don’t want to have happen? For my “r” words, I submit “redundant” and “repetitive.” While repetition may be good, “repetitive” is not.

        • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

           Thanks @ErinFeldman:disqus . The R post will be reeling with non-repetitive words:)

  • Anonymous

    I love how “queue” is always used for men’s ponytails… I’ve never seen it used for women. The alliteration is so much fun, and it so happens I just ordered Michael Quinion’s “Why Is Q Always Followed By U?” from Amazon. I’ll let you know when I find out!

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       That sounds like an interesting book @ShakirahDawud:disqus . I’ll look forward to hearing all about it. And yes…I wonder why a woman’s “braid” isn’t called a queue. A good Question:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • http://twitter.com/bdorman264 Bill Dorman

    Queue up please while I rectify this situation. I only started using queue now that my community is cosmopolitan and international in nature. Down south we say, ‘get your ass in line.’ 

    Just know, there is no quitting allowed as we realize value in every encounter we have. Whatever your return on investment measurement is, are you a better person and have you created value when you account for your actions?

    As for the R’s; realization of your potential is a worthy goal indeed……for real…..

    That’s all I got…….

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       I wish you could see my face and hear my laugh every time I read your opening lines @twitter-34985693:disqus . I’d like to book you to do stand-up comedy here. You’d make a killing, and I’d get my ass in line to see you. “Realization of your potential” will appear next week in the R post. Til then…enjoy the beer and the hall pass:) Cheers! Kaarina

    • http://www.late-bloomers.net Barbara Klein

      Bill, we only mention the south pole sotto voce …

  • http://soulati.com/blog Soulati

    I love the word queue! Prefer it over pipeline! Thanks, Queen!

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       Quoting you was quintessentially rockin’ hot @soulati:disqus :) Cheers! Kaarina

  • http://newenglandmultimedia.com/ Michelle Quillin

    Kaarina, Scott says you’ve got to include “Quillin” here.  😉 I just looked up the family crest, and it seems the Quillins started heading for the shores of America in the late 18th century when the Great Potato Famine ravaged Ireland. They came here seeking work, freedom, and ownership of land! Sounds entrepreneurial to me! 


    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       That is way too cool @michellequillin:disqus . I hope everyone checks that link out…to Quillin! Cheers! Kaarina

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  • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

    How about:
    quaestuary money-making; money-seeking; in business only for profit

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       You stretch my mind every time @TheJackB:disqus . And thanks for the tip of the hat over at your post today, from your smilin’, polar bear lovin’ “polite” Canadian friend. Cheers! Kaarina

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       You stretch my mind every time @TheJackB:disqus . And thanks for the tip of the hat over at your post today, from your smilin’, polar bear lovin’ “polite” Canadian friend. Cheers! Kaarina

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       Man, if we were in business only to money-seek, we’d all be in different professions I’m sure, haha! Thanks @TheJackB:disqus . Cheers! Kaarina

  • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

    How about:
    quaestuary money-making; money-seeking; in business only for profit

  • http://www.craigmcbreen.com/ Craig McBreen

    No “Quirky?” … What the heck? 

    There are some quirky types in my neighborhood, but nothing like the guy who screams obscenities from his bicycle. He once called me a … $#@!? well I can’t say. He’s bats actually. Oh, this is my office not my home, in case you were wondering.

    And how about Quebec?! My dad told me the craziest Frenchman he ever met hailed from Quebec, not France. Met him at an IBM conference. This guy was bats in a good, entertaining way.

    Looks like you have several R words Queued up and ready to roll.

    Rambunctious, Resilient and Revolution come to mind. How about, it’s time for a Revolution, as in creative revolution?

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough


      @CraigMcBreen:disqus , that video’s for the revolution:) And how could we have missed quirky? You should do a podcast with your quirky dude on time travel:) And thanks for the R words. You KNOW the Beatles Revolution will be included. Cheers! Kaarina

  • http://twitter.com/skypulsemedia Howie at Sky Pulse Media

    I see there is more quality over quantity. I will speak with the Queen about this.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       I’m glad it was quality over quantity @howieatskypulsemedia:disqus :) Is there a planet that starts with the letter Q? Just wondering…Cheers! Kaarina

  • http://twitter.com/rdopping Ralph Dopping

    What can I say that Vidya hasn’t yet?

    Well after some quick rumination I am going to say that you have certainly reticulated an great group here. All of them. That just goes to show how remarkable all of you are.
    Rediculous, I know but real, for sure.

    Realistically speaking this is one of the most fun blog ideas I have seen in a while. What doesn’t come up in blogging very often? Humour! Ribbing, raillery or light repartee. It is refreshing for heavens sake at times.

    Keep it up lady and see what happens……..who knows. People might rejoice.

    CDN out!

    • http://soulati.com/blog Soulati

       Is he supposed to be on V?

      • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

         He’s a Rebel with a cause, haha!

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       Thanks @twitter-229922134:disqus , and I’m glad you’re having fun here. You all push me to the max in terms of creatively threading your words into posts that are coherent and, of course, fun! I like rejoicing:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • http://www.slymarketing.com Jens P. Berget

    Hi Kaarina,

    I have to admit, that being a Norwegian, I didn’t understand some of the words on Q, but I’ll look them up in the dictionary :-)

    To me, quality and quit, is what first comes mind. We should always deliver high quality and hustle and never quit (if we’re passionate about what we do).

    But what about R? Right now, I’m thinking of rest. Since I’ve recently started my business, it’s been a lot of work. I’ve been working a lot of hours every single day. I’m thinking that I need to rest more to be able to be creative and to create higher quality.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       I wish I could bottle and send you some rest @berget:disqus , but since I can’t, be sure to get some. When we’re in business for ourselves, taking care of our health should be priority one, because if we don’t, everything suffers. There’s no one else to man the fort or steer the ship. so get some rest, and enjoy learning new Q words:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • http://www.late-bloomers.net Barbara Klein

    Ah, la reine des raconteurs, mes compliments! I did not know there even existed that many Q words. Interesting how “queue” took off, another meaning of queue would be the “stick” you use in snooker or pool billiard depending on your origins.

    And the R words keep rolling in, what an awesome group.Relax, rock’n’roll forever! And have some of that relish to spicen up your day!

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       @BarbaraKlein:disqus , merci, merci:) And rock ‘n roll forever…I’m sooooo going to look for videos to include for that R word! Cheers! Kaarina P.S. I will relish the day, despite the snow here

  • http://www.transcriptione-services.com Alicia Jay

    Are we on Q already?! Where did the time go? What a great collection you have here! I had a feeling you’d get quite a bit of R words–and so you did. I can’t think of any to add but I’ll tune in to see what you have in store. Hope you’re having a wonderful day:)

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       Thanks @AliciaJay:disqus :) The Alphabet’s passed by more quickly than I’d imagined, and letter R will make its appearance next week. Cheers! Kaarina

  • http://stanfaryna.wordpress.com Stan Faryna

    A quilt of words – what a wonderful turn of phrase.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       Indeed:) I also believe that words are like the threads woven into a tapestry of images and imaginings:)

  • equuisdancer

    Oh Quack..thinking I missed the queue for Q’s and R’s I think. Enjoyed the read though!  Ohhh..Read!

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

       You’re not too late for the R’s my friend:)