Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 19th-Brought To You By the Letter 'Q'



Qi
A little baked beans Qi
     In traditional Chinese culture, “qi” is an active principle forming part of any living thing.  It can be translated as “life energy,” “life force,” or “energy flow.”  It is the central underlying principle in Chinese medicine and martial arts.  In addition, “qi” means “air,” “breath,” or “gas.”
    It’s kinda like “The Force.”  Only without light sabers.  And all the Jedi Knights look like Jackie Chan instead of Liam Neesom.
"And Ewan McGregor you are forgetting.
That kid playing Anakin? Sucks, he does."
    Incidentally, “Qi” can be a killer word in Scrabble.  Like “xu” (unit of Vietnamese currency), it is one of a handful of two-letter words which use difficult letters.  What’s more, the beauty of “Qi” is that it lets you use that pain-in-the-ass “Q” when you don’t have a “U.”  This is especially important when your dumb-ass opponent plays a word like frikkin’ “muumuu.”
    If you play your cards...err...tiles right, “Qi” can net you over thirty points.
    And that’s a gas we can all breathe.  

35 comments:

  1. Wow, and I thought that the letter Q would hold people back and make posts in the challenge repetitive but you've managed to knock the ball straight out of the park with this post Al. It's funny when I read about Qi at the start I instantly thought of the force, this post has been seriously educational for me.

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  2. Good post, dear friend. Have you read "The Handmaid's Tale" by Atwood? It takes place after the NWO is established and most everyone is sterile. The scant fertile women are treated as a commodity, assigned to a married party's household to become impregnated by the commander. In addition to the duty (which is public) the Handmaid was sneaking into the commanders quarters alone. Not for kinky sex, as was suspected, but for scrabble, a forbidden relic of the old way.:)

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  3. I will remember that one the next time I play scrabble, not sure the cat gives off gas we can all breathe though..haha

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  4. Ah a scrabble player:) Happy A-Z blogging

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  5. does that word work if you're only allowed to write english words?

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  6. I hate getting the Q in scrabble

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  7. Yay! New scrabble word. Kiddo will never know what hit her.
    That's if we play before I forget, that is.

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  8. Are you sure 'Qi' is allowed in Scrabble? Better try it in a tournament first - if your opponent kicks you in the nuts it's not allowed. 'Q' on its own is the name of that cocky dude on Star Trek. Why didn't you choose him?

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    1. I am absolutely positive it's allowed. My son pulled that on me several weeks ago. When I challenged him, I used the Scrabble dictionary to prove him wrong. I then allowed him to check the newest Scrabble dictionary online with his phone. Wouldn't you know it, he was right. Just because I'm an ornery old fart who doesn't trust technology, I consulted the newest Scrabble dictionary in the books section of Target. 'Qi' was in there. I guess that's what I get for still having a Scrabble dictionary printed in 1978. I also tried 'Qi' in 'Words With Friends' and it worked. Then, being greedy, I threw an 'S' on it to make 'Qis' ("Grilled Qis") was not allowed. So, now my audience has learned a new killer word to use in Scrabble. If I didn't see it in the newest Scrabble dictionary, I wouldn't have believed it.

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    2. As I read this, it looked confusing. I meant to say my SON played "Qi" (not me-hey, that rhymes). Family games of Scrabble have never been the same.

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  9. Today's 6th degree is Patricia Quinn (Magenta from Rocky Horror). Not a lot of 'Q' stars to pick from. Anthony Quinn was too obvious. If successful, you can have pizza for midrats on Saturday night.

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    1. Oooh, definitely need to research that one. I've never heard of her.

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    2. Okay here goes....Patricia Quinn-Susan Sarandon-Geena Davis-Tom Hanks-Kevin Bacon
      Patricia Quinn was in 'Rocky Horror' with Susan Sarandon who was in 'Thelma and Louise' with Geena Davis who was in 'A League of Their Own' with Tom Hanks who was in 'Apollo 13' with Kevin Bacon.

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  10. @Matthew: The catalyst for this post was a game of Scrabble I played with my son (see my response to Gorilla Bananas below). It was a good thing because I wasn't sure how I wanted to proceed with 'Q.' We now use Qi like crazy people. 'Xu' and 'Xi' are also allowed.
    @Manzanita: That sounds like a pretty cool book. Scrabble tends to do that to people.
    @Pat: When you use it, prepare to be challenged. Then, you may guffaw when you're proven right and your opponent loses a turn. Just make sure your Scrabble dictionary is up to date.
    @Changesinthewind: For years. And now Words With Friends (Scrabble-Lite).
    @Sherilin: That's kinda what I thought. Until I lost a challenge. Oy vey!
    @MonkeyButt; I used to like Hungry Hippos more but they never made a realistic travel version.
    @Adam: Then "Qi" away, my friend. 'Q' sucks more at the end of the game than at the beginning. Until I learned the power of 'Qi' I used to hold onto the 'Q' and 'U' for dear life.
    @Ruth: For those who know not the power of 'Qi' it is a gut-wrencher.

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  11. I am at one with my qi. At two, I am with someone else's.

    But yeah, qi was a welcome addition to the latest Scrabble dictionary. As were ki (i.e. qi) and za (i.e. pizza). And for the benefit of your readers, these are also allowed: hm, jo, ka, mm, sh, xi, xu.

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    1. Don't think I didn't write these down. Because I did. I am so gonna whup that college kid's behind when he comes home. Oh, crap, he reads this blog, too. Uh oh.
      Incidentally, the smarty-pants got me with 'jo.' I've used 'xi' and 'xu' for years.

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  12. Thanks for the pointers, Al. Now to find a scrabble opponent who doesn't follow your blog, poor b*stard (because he doesn't follow AND is about to get defeated by "qi").

    xoRobyn

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  13. Qi is a good one. And on an unfunny note, I'm left wondering of its relation to 'ka.'

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    1. 'Ka' is Egyptian 'Qi.' As God as my witness, I didn't know ANY of this crap until I first saw 'Qi' played on a Scrabble board last month.

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  14. I think they pahk their kas in Havhad Yahd.

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  15. I don't know about you but I think Q is a stupid letter and we should just get rid of it. Yeah that's right I'm starting a petition to quit the Q.....oh wait...damn it never mind I guess we use it once in a while. X on the other hand look out!

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  16. I've played Qi many times, even getting more than 31 points, depending on where you play it, up against other words. Never done Xu though. Will have to look out for that one. Thanks for the tip, Al.

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  17. I'll remember Qi for the next time I play scrabble! (but anyword in scrabble can net you a lot of points if your the person who keeps track of the score!)

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  18. @Nancy: Good for you! The 'xu' is also killer (you may also use 'xi'). Between that, qi, and now ka there's no need to panic.
    @Bersercules: I think that's why I'm never allowed to keep track of the score.
    @Bushman: I think Q is the appendix of the alphabet. We started out with it, but no one seems to know why. I mean, earthquake can be spelled earthkwake. But, somehow, Eks-Ray doesn't look right.

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  19. You have no idea what you just started, Al. My son will be home from college next month and loves to play Scrabble and I suck at it. Hubby and I have just plotted against him with your help. Thank you! LOL

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    1. Research all those annoying two-letter words that use those pain-in-the-ass letters (x, z, q, j). Watch out for the "Triple-Word" scores, even if you have to block it with some lame word like ...oh...'it.' Better that than he laying a 'quiz" on your behind for over 60 points.

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  20. Awesome Scrabble tip. I'm going to have to remember that one.

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    1. Now if I could just beat him on a regular basis...

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  21. When I read your teaser that your "Q" post didn't have a " U" in it, I thought surely you were writing about Q-Tips! This was a much better idea than waxing on, or waxing out about those dangerous cotton tipped probes! Great ending! Julie

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    1. If you look at my reply to Matthew, you'll see the genesis of the 'Q' post. I love it when an idea just pops into my head.

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  22. That's the only way I win at Scrabble!

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  23. Short, but sweet. I practice Tai Chi and Qi Gong, so I liked that you chose to cover it for the challenge.

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  24. @Nellie: I actually learned something pretty cool. Can't say that about a lot of my posts this month.
    @ryoko: Try 'ka', 'xu', and 'xi', too.

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