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Q is for Quintessential

I had some ideas for topics I’d write about during this A to Z challenge.

And then there was Q.

It’s not a bad letter. It just doesn’t lend itself well to a lot of vocabulary. It’s a 10-point Scrabble word for a reason. So is Z, but we have eons before I have to deal with that.

Anyway, I thought about doing a post full of quotations. The ones I love most, the ones that speak to me. But I sort of got lost in the mire of identifying those quintessential quotes.


What a funny word. I studied Latin in high school, so when I see quint(us), I think five. But what is that? The fifth essential? Fifth element? (A movie I haven’t seen. Go ahead and castigate me.)

So, scratching my head, I did what nerdy people are wont to do… I checked the etymology. And yes, it’s the fifth element according to Aristotle, the one that transcends earth, air, fire, and water. It’s aether, the incorruptible and heavenly element.

That got me wondering. Now mind you, I don’t have a scientific mind, really. My interests are much more in the humanities. But when you decide to dabble in time travel, you suddenly discover long buried sciency brain files.

If aether is the stuff that holds the universe together, isn’t it essentially what we know as gravity? Magnetism? The stuff that draws and pulls and holds?

Not having much knowledge in quantum physics or anything, I kind of thought that was cool. It’s applicable to my story, since it’s (kinda-sorta) magnetism that is the force that pulls my time travelers back to the past.

Where am I going with this? I have no idea. Only that words are beautiful receptacles of the surprising and new and fabulous in the universe.

If these things are something you know about, I’d love to hear from you, and learn more about the quintessential truths of the quintessential.

Whoa. Meta. Not bad for a Q word. Ten points for me!



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