(pronounced KWAG-mIr or KWAHG-mIr)
Because this word describes soft, wet, spongy earth (like a bog or marsh) that gives way when stepped upon, it’s also used to describe a difficult, unsteady
Similar to another fun “Q” word, quash (pronounced kwash), this term means to suppress, quiet, pacify, overwhelm, and reduce to submission. It can be forceful (as with physical aggression) or more genteel (as
(pronounced KWEHR-yeh-lehs or KWEHR-eh-lehs)
Here’s a more elevated way of saying whiny, anxiously fretful, and regularly disagreeable and complaining.
Example: Though she was excited about how
(pronounced kwid proh KWOH)
An adapted Latin term used to describe something — usually a service — given or received for something else as a fair exchange.
Example: The developers may make some concessions on using higher-grade porcelain
Depending on how you look at it, having quixotic tendencies can be a positive or a negative. It’s good to be romantic, hopeful, and chivalrous, but not when it’s
This regal sounding term actually means quite the opposite — i.e., ordinary, commonplace, taking place every day.
Example: Sandra’s boss, the owner of the design
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