Friday, February 20, 2009


QUILL, n. An implement of torture yielded by a goose and commonly wielded by an ass. This use of the quill is now obsolete, but its modern equivalent, the steel pen, is wielded by the same everlasting Presence.

2009 Update: A source of levity in the wing of a bird, of gravity in the hand of a poet and of obesity in the caricature of a pol.


Anonymous said...

Oh that one's easy! A clever being in Hawaii!! Though she adds a Y.

TLP said...

Like Jenn, I thought of Quilly immediately.

Ariel the Thief said...

Yep, Quilly when she grows up.

Anonymous said...

Quill of either animal or script
has the ability to adorn or sting.

Anonymous said...

A source of levity -- yes, that is me! But you forgot modest, Doug. How could you forget modest?

Nessa said...

And famous.

Jamie Dawn said...

Good one, Doug!

Of course my first thought was Quilly!!!

Quill: a writing implement not conducive for use by a quiverer.

Anonymous said...


1. Quaker communication.

2. Amoeba support system.

Oatmeal. Sheesh.

Doug The Una said...

A Y or a Dancer, Jenn. Absolutely right.

We all did, TLP. I hoped to save this one for her birthday but ran out of Q words.

That could be a while, Ariel.

Thank you, too, Brother Bear. Hanging out with you and the Crow is a great time.

Quilly, I had to leave you something to add on such a day.

And glorious, Nessa, yes yes.

Ha, JD. Not at all, and I can say that from experience. Half my freckles come from the time I tried.

Amoeba, I don't get it either, especially in a world full of sausage.

Anonymous said...

Doug -- Oatmeal is just fine. With you and Amoeba as entertainment, I get plenty of ham.

This was the perfect time to share this word. With Amoeba out of town I needed something to brighten my day.

Doug The Una said...

Maple and brown sugar with loads of butter is ok, I'll allow iff there's also sausage.

Hobbes said...

Type of weapon best plied by porcupines and hedgehogs.