ABC Wednesday is a word meme with numerous participants from around the world. This fabulous meme was created and hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt who hails from Great Britain. Over the years, others have joined in to help host this wonderful and informative meme. We are now in our ELEVENTH round with 'Captain Roger' at the helm! 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".
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Quartersawn is a method in which a log has been cut (of course, in a quartersawn method).
Quartersawn boards have greater stability of form and size with less warping; and shrinkage is less troublesome. In some woods, the grain produces a decorative effect. Quartersawn oak shows a prominent ray fleck. Quartersawn sapele is likely to produce a ribbon figure (from Wikipedia, of course!). I stumbled in to this word when I was researching "oak" the other week.
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Quisling is best defined by Wikipedia: is a term used in reference to fascist and collaborationist political parties and military and paramilitary forces in occupied Allied countries which collaborated with Axis occupiers in World War II, as well as for their members and other collaborators.
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A quintile is where the sample of a population is divided into fifths. I took several statistics classes and you'd think I'd be familiar with this term. NOT!! Don't feel bad if you too, did not know what a quintile was.
Other fun Q' words (ha! and you thought there wasn't many?). Quinze. From Wikipedia: An old French card game of Spanish origin, players attempting to make fifteen points.
Quadrillion: take the number ten and add 15 zeros to it. A mighty big number. But wait! They get bigger! Quintillion: take the number ten and add 18 zeros to it. Quartturodecillion: take the number ten and add 45 zeros to it (staggering-but, pick yourself up! We have more...). Deep breath now: Quindecillion: take the number ten and add 48 zeros to it. Yes, 48 zeros. I'm sure there are more (ad infinitum), but that was all that I saw listed under 'large numbers'. It was an interesting article in Wikipedia.
Can you imagine your opponent's fury if you played any of these words (somehow) in a Scrabble game? Especially if you got it to land on a triple score word?!?