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Word for the Day, Tuesday April 12, 2011

Posted on 04/12/2011 4:46:36 AM PDT by SoothingDave

Word For The Day, Tuesday, April 12, 2011



In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".

quab

-n

An unfledged bird; hence, something immature or unfinished.

[Cf. D. kwab eelpout, Dan. quabbe, G. quabbe, quappe, LG. quabbe a fat lump of flesh, and L. capito a kind of fish with a large head, fr. caput the head, also E. squab.]


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1 posted on 04/12/2011 4:46:39 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Fierce Allegiance; JoanVarga; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; ...

Yes, bird words two weeks in a row! Pure coincidence, I assure you.


2 posted on 04/12/2011 4:48:05 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

Next you’ll be posting tweets.


3 posted on 04/12/2011 4:52:10 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

It’s getting to be that time of year. Watch out when trimming the hedges! Last year my wife accidently knocked over a sparrow’s nest and a little quab was killed. My wife’s tender heart ached as the mommy bird cried out in distress. It was not fun.


4 posted on 04/12/2011 4:52:17 AM PDT by Huck (Will we still be using U6 when the pubbies are back in charge?)
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To: SoothingDave

A morning dove places her nest along the fence ledge outside my dining room window each year. She had two eggs a few months ago, one blew out and it appeared she had abandoned the second, then disappeared too. But a few days ago she was back, and hasn’t left - so there may be a quab beneath her again.


5 posted on 04/12/2011 4:59:11 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA ("Elections have consequences...." Barry O. Thank you Scott Walker and WI Republicans!!)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

I have cardinals nesting in the Burford hollies next to the house and the burning bushes on the other side. I wish bluebirds would come back to the bluebird house but alas, the sparrows usually take it over.


6 posted on 04/12/2011 5:06:16 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave
Quab

1) A quab is a term used to describe the situation where you walk into your room and find you uncle and an octopus under your sheets.

Nephew: Oh my god uncle frank?
Uncle: Oh hello billy, why dont you go out and play some baseball, huh sport?
Nephew: bu but but but....
Uncle: *Pushes out of room* Now run along now.

I report. You decide.

7 posted on 04/12/2011 5:12:40 AM PDT by NicknamedBob (I get my exercise. I take my vitamins. I tell pain it can come along, but it'll have to ride in back)
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To: SoothingDave
If I were to say that Obama is a preening, strutting quab, I would be understating the effect his puerile actions have on our great Nation.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
8 posted on 04/12/2011 5:14:07 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: SoothingDave
I once got into a taxi in NYC and had the driver welcome me to his quab.
9 posted on 04/12/2011 5:15:29 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: SoothingDave

Roast Squab with Creole Rice dressing.

10 posted on 04/12/2011 5:52:26 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (To conserve energy, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off permanently.)
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To: secret garden

Oh I would love to be able to watch cardinals! I like doves because they hang around and come back each year - sort of like a distant pet you don’t have to clean up after! lol


11 posted on 04/12/2011 5:58:17 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA ("Elections have consequences...." Barry O. Thank you Scott Walker and WI Republicans!!)
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To: CholeraJoe

Now I’m hungry.


12 posted on 04/12/2011 6:09:10 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

Dan Quayle, they said, was a quab
“VP? He’s not fit for the job!”
But this doesn’t apply
To that Soetoro guy-
An inexperienced Socialist snob...


13 posted on 04/12/2011 6:11:50 AM PDT by mikrofon (Rhymes with SOB)
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To: secret garden

You can push the green things off to the side if you like. Emeril won’t be offended.


14 posted on 04/12/2011 6:22:58 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (To conserve energy, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off permanently.)
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To: CholeraJoe

You know that’s right. Salad is for herbivores. ;)


15 posted on 04/12/2011 6:31:50 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: Huck; secret garden; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; SoothingDave

Our mourning doves have claimed our garage door opener for the past tree years. My heart nearly broke last August because we didn’t realize it, but one of the parents was left in the garage when we went away for a few days. it came staggering out when we arrived home and my dogs saw it and i screamed and xsgirls rushed to keep the dogs from it. it did eventually recuperate and walked down the driveway before finally flying away, but i literally was sobbing over the poor thing.


16 posted on 04/12/2011 6:34:03 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

I would have reacted the same way


17 posted on 04/12/2011 6:37:18 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA ("Elections have consequences...." Barry O. Thank you Scott Walker and WI Republicans!!)
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To: xsmommy

Bless your heart! I felt bad for the little sparrow too, and the mom, but mostly I ached for my wife and her sweet tender heart. The mom sparrow crying out distress calls was too much for my wife to take. We’re a small animal haven, and that was a sad day :-(


18 posted on 04/12/2011 6:42:21 AM PDT by Huck (Will we still be using U6 when the pubbies are back in charge?)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; secret garden; SoothingDave
interesting, thought-provoking, and i tend to agree with this guy. my eldest quab is going to be coming home after graduation. She will be debt-free and has a great job, but in order to save any $ at all, she will live at home, given the ridiculously high cost of living here. will she be a better person for being intimately acquainted with Plato, Socrates and the Enlightenment thinkers ? she had an excellent classical education but at the end of the day it is about the J- O- B. With the economic crisis what it is, and appears destined to continue to be, i think educational conceits will have to give way to more practical considerations. My good friend's daughter is graduating from Harvard this spring and heading to Oxford for grad school. Now that is the ultimate in education conceit right there, but i imagine she will get a wonderful job eventually.
19 posted on 04/12/2011 6:48:12 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy; Huck; secret garden; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; SoothingDave

Matthew 10:29 “Aren’t two sparrows sold for only a penny? But not one of them falls to the ground without your Father knowing it.”


20 posted on 04/12/2011 6:56:58 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Huck

i teared up reading your post, i would have reacted similarly. you feel so helpless bc you don’t know what to do to help them. i can’t leave the garage door open 24-7, so i have to hope the mom and dad can figure out what the deal is and take their shifts on the nest. When we are home i do leave it open so they can come and go as they need to. the spring is fine, but NoVA gets dang hot in the heat of summer and it disturbs me to see them in there at that point especially if i know we will be gone a day or two.


21 posted on 04/12/2011 6:58:50 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Well, it’s a rotten world sometimes. We try the best we can. My wife had no idea there was a nest. She was just trimming hedges, and then blammo, it was done and too late to undo it. The truth is that life is sometimes really mean and rotten like that. If nothing else, it makes you thankful for all the pain-free moments of peace and harmony you get. At least, that’s what I told my wife.


22 posted on 04/12/2011 7:03:39 AM PDT by Huck (Will we still be using U6 when the pubbies are back in charge?)
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To: SoothingDave; VRWCmember; RikaStrom; xsmommy; tioga
Under the general category, "Quotes from Quabs":

Houston Chronicle headline (above the fold) from 7 years ago, April 2004 ---

KERRY BLAMES BUSH FOR RISING GAS PRICES

April 2011 - Who is Ketchup Boy blaming today for rising gas prices? (....crickets chirping....)

23 posted on 04/12/2011 7:06:55 AM PDT by TheGrimReaper (Save America - Fire a democrat.)
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To: Huck

True. If the bird were already dead in the garage i would have been sad, but would not have reacted viscerally. Seeing the bird in distress is what upset me, i guess. and a mom/baby situation is almost too much to bear. Is she making you cut the hedges this year?


24 posted on 04/12/2011 7:08:14 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

MrsVRWC has a bag hanging on a hook on our back porch containing plastic grocery store bags that she uses for picking up the dog poop in the back yard. The other day she noticed that there was a bunch of debris including twigs and grass and pieces of cloth in the bag as she was reaching to get a plastic bag out, and then a bird flew out of the bag at her and then flew off. The crazy bird had started building a nest in her bag of bags. Fortunately, she had not started laying any eggs, so she will be able to find another place to nest.


25 posted on 04/12/2011 7:08:14 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: VRWCmember

they are such vagabonds, they will build anywhere. they have started nests in baseball caps and opened cartons of capri sun juice boxes in our garage!


26 posted on 04/12/2011 7:09:42 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: TheGrimReaper

for some reason they are not noticing the rise in gas prices this spring. just hasn’t occurred to them to pay attention i guess....


27 posted on 04/12/2011 7:10:53 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
I wonder if they'll notice when their gas card credit limit isn't sufficient to cover the cost of a fill-up?

Well, they will, but it will still be Bush's fault.

28 posted on 04/12/2011 7:14:09 AM PDT by TheGrimReaper (Save America - Fire a democrat.)
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To: xsmommy

Considering articles I’ve read where college grads are getting jobs running fast food joints, I can see where his line of thought is pretty close to accurate. Other than certain professions that require specific education, we are going to have a flood of degreed folks with minimum wage jobs.


29 posted on 04/12/2011 7:15:10 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA ("Elections have consequences...." Barry O. Thank you Scott Walker and WI Republicans!!)
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To: TheGrimReaper

i’ve seen it at 4.09/gal here. but i am still able to get it at Safeway for 3.79 bc i am an ELITE shopper. ; )


30 posted on 04/12/2011 7:16:07 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SoothingDave
Musical quab thinks that 100 million YouTube hits (mostly referred in links of "awful video") on her lame "Friday" music video is a good thing.
31 posted on 04/12/2011 7:31:12 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: xsmommy

Still hovering around $3.69 to $3.85 here.


32 posted on 04/12/2011 7:34:06 AM PDT by TheGrimReaper (Save America - Fire a democrat.)
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To: SoothingDave

Eels again? Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, can’t we have steak or chicken? How about Boston Cream Pie? Please.


33 posted on 04/12/2011 7:47:01 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: SoothingDave

Quab? Thought that was Squab, oh well.


34 posted on 04/12/2011 7:49:13 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: xsmommy

My uncle called them rain crows because the only time they sang was right before it rained. Did you know they mate for life?


35 posted on 04/12/2011 7:53:02 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: SoothingDave

Liberal leftie quabs
are all a twitter...
Donald Trump’s rising star
makes them all shiver.

They tweet and shout
in a writhing condition,
reminds me of when Sarah
was the current sensation.

Sarah got things started
causing much trepidation.
Now Trump’s in the picture
and he’s on a mission.

Paul Ryan’s on the budget,
John Boehner’s won a play,
Obama’s on defense giving
the Tea Party their day.

But the left is having
a collective shiver...
their hero Obama
has an empty quiver.

They squeak and squawk
attacking with venom,
they look like they all
are sucking on a lemon.

So we sit back and enjoy,
this macabre scene unfold,
looking forward to the day
when theOne is out in the cold.


36 posted on 04/12/2011 7:57:59 AM PDT by tioga ( Proud Proofer)
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To: SoothingDave
Did you see where Trump is blaming the quab for high gas prices?
37 posted on 04/12/2011 8:12:20 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Silver, just buy the dips and thank me later.)
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To: NeoCaveman

I paid $3.92/gal yesterday.........I am NOT happy about that.


38 posted on 04/12/2011 8:18:14 AM PDT by tioga ( Proud Proofer)
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To: xsmommy

The reason we’re going into debt for our son’s college is precisely because of its excellent reputation in finding jobs for graduates. They have a fantastic internship program that paves the way for finding jobs so that makes it worthwhile. Otherwise, he’d be a number in a state school with no real networking connection.


39 posted on 04/12/2011 9:42:25 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

Sounds like some people on here don’t have enough trees near where they live. ;-)

Back at the place I used to rent before I bought the house, there was an abandonned building on the property. There used to be a building supply business there. Anyway, one day we saw a bird building her nest on the ledge of one of windows on the building. Very close to the ground.

We figured that nest wouldn’t last long and we were right. Dumb birds build dumb nests. It’s Darwin.


40 posted on 04/12/2011 9:44:10 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: xsmommy

Harvard and Oxford?! Good gracious, she’ll want to rule us!


41 posted on 04/12/2011 9:46:59 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: xsmommy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPyDZ0z7JNA

Check this commercial out. This is the jagoff who was pushing the “sweatshop” charge a month or two ago, doing the unions’ bidding. Now he wants to run the whole county and claims he knows how to run a business and keep jobs.

There is one labor he has provided for steadily.


42 posted on 04/12/2011 10:03:18 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: dixie sass

whoa, no i didn’t. So these couples are still together? i was out and came back. Mom had been on the nest in the closed garage, when i came in, dad came busting right in and alighted on the other garage door opener thingie. i guess he was worried he’d been shut out for a few hours.


43 posted on 04/12/2011 10:45:05 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SoothingDave

Had lunch with her mom a bit ago, she’s going to work for the First Lady this summer. SO yeah, she’s already ruling us....


44 posted on 04/12/2011 10:47:13 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SoothingDave

so bc he has a crapload of kids he thinks he can run the country?


45 posted on 04/12/2011 10:48:52 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

obviously we wouldn’t be ponying up the $50k per year for Syracuse if we weren’t fairly confident that xsboy would have a job coming out. i guess if you have a kid at Harvard, you are banking that the name of the school is going to open doors for them. in my friend’s daughter’s case, it’s not only Harvard— she is well spoken, very intelligent and being half black, especially in this administration,doesn’t hurt. When my friend told me about her daughter’s WH job this summer, i raised my eyebrows and said, oh that’s nice... and she laughed [knowing our radically different politics] and said don’t worry, we will have you come to hang out with the Obamas, and i said, i’m sure she’s a lovely woman and left it at that! ROR!


46 posted on 04/12/2011 10:54:39 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy; secret garden

That’s about it. Do you detect any accent in the way he says “county executive?”

Though his daughters do have an Amy Farrah Fawcett look going on. You don’t know who that is.


47 posted on 04/12/2011 12:51:41 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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Amy Farrah Fowler, that is.


48 posted on 04/12/2011 12:54:37 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: xsmommy

You were very polite. Is the Wookie going to try and get her to work out more? ROR!


49 posted on 04/12/2011 1:38:55 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

cahnty ? yeah i heard it. and i thought they were sort of SECuppish.


50 posted on 04/12/2011 2:28:07 PM PDT by xsmommy
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