I am learning the Qs for at least an hour and a quarter and I am realising that I am quickly taking in a quantity of quite useful vocabulary.
The only thing is I am much more interested in knowing what the words mean than remembering how to spell them.
Then Dad calls out that it is suppertime and I go downstairs and I say, “I don’t mean to quibble but is it suppertime, dinnertime or teatime? Which word is the right word to use … It’s just a query – a request for information.”
Dad says he will have to think about it.
I say, “Do you ever go to Quebec?”
Dad says, “Quite frequently.”
I say, “Do we have any quince juice? As I need to quench my thirst.”
Mum says, “No, but we might have some water in the tap.”
I say, “Why do we never have quail quiche?”
Mum says, “Because it makes me queasy.”
I say, “You sound querulous – inclined to complain or find fault.”
She says, “Have you swallowed a dictionary?”
I say, “Am I being a bit of a querist? – someone who asks questions.”
Minal says, “Mu-um, Clarice is being annoying and she ate a biscuit yesterday before supper when you told her not to.”
I say, “Quisling” – which means traitor.
Mum says, “Quiet” – which means keep it zipped.
Lauren Child, Clarice Bean Spells Trouble