Ok. I know I’m cheating here, but come on. It’s so hard to think of original ideas that begin with the letter Q. Besides I wanted to tell you my alphabet-related funny story:
The September after I finished school, I began working in this call centre where I was dealing with customers from all over the world. We often had to use the phonetic alphabet, for spelling out surnames and place names and that sort of thing. Anyway, remembering it in English isn’t too difficult and I got the hang of it pretty quickly. However, learning it in other languages is another story. I was using the French I had learnt in school for speaking with, well, French customers and I just could not seem to remember the French phonetic alphabet. It is surprisingly hard to think of words that begin with certain letters in another language and I often found myself stammering, desperately trying to think before embarrassingly squealing out “T pour Tour Eiffel!”, or “B pour Bonjour”, or “O pour Ou est la piscine?!”.
Anyways, my international colleagues were also struggling with this task. I overheard one guy speaking to a very old lady and saying “G as in Gangster” and another using “T for Two” (tea for two). These continued to make me laugh, but the funniest one was heard by my friend, who glanced across at her colleague who was obviously struggling with the letter Q for a good few seconds, before his brain-lightbulb gave him the word ‘cucumber’. “Q as in… Q as in.. as in… as… innnn….AS IN QUCUMBER!!”
This has nothing to do with Scandinavia. But do I get some points for not picking “Queen”, “Quebec” or “Queue”?