ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. This fabulous meme was created and hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt who hails from Great Britain. Over time, others have joined in to help host this wonderful and informative meme. We are now in our NINTH round! Some of the participants have been with this from the very first round; others have joined in along the way. Each week we are taken across the globe to see the varied and exciting contributions people have taken the time to discover and capture. We start with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. This week's letter is, "Q".
Quality Qtips Queued
Gosh. Who knows why quality Qtips like these would be queued in the first place. Except for the sake of our letter for the day! And, for the sake of clarification, Qtips are also known as cotton swabs, cotton buds, ear buds, etc. When these were invented in 1920, they were originally named "Baby Gays". Hmmmmm....that wouldn't go over so well with some folks these days.
But, the "Q" in Qtips does stand for quality and although Qtips is a brand name, it has also become a generic name. You can quibble or quip all you want in regards to this, but the rest of us stand behind the name, Qtip.
Yes, as fortune would have it, driving home on a road I've driven down countless times for the past 17 years, I FINALLY noticed this street sign: Quirks Lane. Whoa! I turned my car around so that I could take a picture of it! What a fun street to live on-Quirks Lane! The folks in the village of Corrales that did the names for their streets had a sense of humor, it would seem.
In all fairness, I vaguely remember noticing this street name eons ago. Long before ABC Wed. was on my radar. So, noticing it again within the context of our meme, it was as though I was seeing it for the first time.
Living in Rio Rancho, we are next door to the city of Albuquerque. A word with not just one, but TWO 'q's' in it!! Both requiring 'u' and every time I have to type it out, I have to spell it in my head so that I can hear it. You can't exactly type that word out too fast since you always have to stop and think it through. No wonder why we all resort to "ABQ".
And, where would "Q's" be without "U's"? It's a shame that their appearance is dependent upon being paired with another letter. No other letter has that requirement. We all know how to say, "Q". I think we should free "Q" from the shackles of "U". What say you?