What we really need to know about QE

From the letters page of the FT:

Sir, Whether the European Central Bank chooses to embark on a programme of sovereign QE (or quantitative easing, as it used to be known) is of little day-to-day interest to most citizens of the EU. Whether the compilers of dictionaries accept that QE is now a word in its own right — as opposed to an abbreviation — is of far more relevance to us scrabble players. Using a Q without needing a free U it would rapidly be up there with Qi (the Chinese word for life force) as one of the most useful words in the lexicon.

Richard Kemmish

Surbiton, Surrey, UK

I would think that for the foreseeable future QE would be ruled an abbreviation, not a word, although enough years of macroeconomic misery eventually could flip this the other way.

Some abbreviations, however, are acceptable Scrabble words because they have entered common parlance.

Here are other “Q without U” words which are eligible for use in Scrabble.


Most "Q without U" words could be spelled replaced with "K." Regarding the list, outside European counties overrun by moslems, Arabic is a foreign language.

the fact stocks surge on QE announcements should lend some hint as to the efficacy of QE. It's helping, even if we cannot exactly quantify how.

free money grossly inflates the stock market? do tell.

Yeah, uh, what do you mean 'we'?

Q is the hypothetical (because there's no written copy) gospel (or sayings - logia) of Jesus and the source (along with the Gospel of Mark) for the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Oh, but which stage of Q are you referring to?

Abbreviations are allowed in Scrabble if they've entered common parlance *and* they aren't pronounced as just the names of the letters. So radar, scuba, and AWOL are allowed, but O.K., ATM, and UFO aren't.

History probably contributes to the transformation of abbreviations into words. If Tiberius had been more forward-looking, he could have termed his policies "qe" and earned immortality among Scrabble players.

Hmmm . . . if I invent something famous, I shall have to give consideration to a Scrabble-friendly name. "Teq" would be easy to attach to existing Scrabble structures. "Ezeq" would be good where a triple-word score was available. And its plural form, "ezeqx".

My wife has repeatedly used "chode" in online scrabble since it was recently added to the online dictionary. Google it, but don't image search.

What a dull game Scrabble is. So much so that I'd even rather play golf.

playing cartball qualifies you to better understand classic stories about golf - Wodehouse comes to mind - and to go to bed tired and to have dreams about playing cartball in edenic landscapes, playing Scrabble qualifies you to play more Scrabble and to have dreams about playing Scrabble.

Scrabble is barely a game. It certainly isn't a word game. It's a pattern recognition exercise.

Yes, I learned to recognize important tiles like the blanks from the grain pattern on the back.

For some unknown reason Thailand has produced significant number of world champions, especially in 2003 both winner and runner-up were Thais. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Scrabble_Championship

It is even more interesting that the Thai champion http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panupol_Sujjayakorn has only rudimentary conversation English.

While 13 out of 17 of past US spelling bee champions were of Indian descent, http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/06/01/why-do-children-of-indian-immigrants-dominate-american-spelling-bees/
there is only one world scrabble champion of Indian descent (from Malaysia)

QE quae quod

cuius cuius cuius

ah, the benefits of a classical education

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