Minding My P’s and Q’s

Having been severely reprimanded by the Czar for audaciously suggesting the letters S and Q, I feel I must at least tow the line and come up with some words for the challenge. I have spent some sleepless nights trying to think of any words that begin with Q. Plenty of abstract words like quantum, question, querulousness and so forth came to mind. However, I would be at a loss at how to take a picture of them. But as usual, when out on my bike my brain seems to work better and I do have a few Q’s from Saturday’s rides.

In the morning I rode my bike to the supermarket and already I had two candidates for the challenge. One is a German word, one of the interesting German words that says so much. I don’t know if it has seeped into the English language yet like other expressive German words such as wanderlust, weltschmerz and angst but it is in the news these days. The word is querdenker, originally a positive term meaning someone who thinks outside the box, a contrarian. Today it refers to the crowds who are protesting in the streets against masks, vaccines, denying Covid, some attacking the police … Querdenker is no longer a positivie attribute.

A querdenker. I saw this sticker (enlarged in the yellow circle) on the pane of glass protecting the shopping carts saying Eternal Hate of the Police
I picked up some quinoa. If it weren’t for the challenge it might not have landed on the menu.

Since I am still whittling away at the kilometers that remain for me to reach my 6,000 km goal, I went out again in the afternoon in spite of the cold and grey. Janos said he would join me if I promised to keep it short. Not a hard promise to keep.

I found a quintet of fungi.
Inspired by the quintet, I figured there must be a quartet somewhere, too.
We enjoyed the quiet.
What to do, a quandary. Climb over it? Wade through the water? Go up the hill and around? You guessed it, turn back, quit, I was a quitter.
Janos accompanied me on my quest. Is it a stretch if I call this quickness?

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

4 response to "Minding My P’s and Q’s"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: December 19, 2021

    OHHHH—- Good for you! Q has been of little challenge for you it seems! At this moment I have one thing in mind, and hope that,like you, my mind will open up more on today’s ride. We’ll see. Love the Quartet ;’-).

  2. By: gregblood Posted: December 19, 2021

    Quite an amazing round up of Q’s. You’ve definitely redeemed yourself for audaciously suggesting such a letter.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 19, 2021

    I appreciate you have been in a S-leepless Q-uandary over S and Q words, but it appears you have been Q-uite S-uccessful

    “The United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 as the “International Year of Quinoa”
    Who knew? Not, me I had to look it up.

    Great photos of quintets and quartets! Quiet is always nice.

    And then Janos shows up to accompany S-uzanne — very nice!

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