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.
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.