What’s the Word #27 – Qua (no, I didn’t forget to type in the rest of the letters)

March 26, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today’s word is qua (kwey, kwah). Qua is an adverb or a preposition meaning:

  1. as.
  2. as being.
  3. in the character or acting in capacity of. 
  4. by virtue of being.

Example sentences:

  1. Ernie, qua the “go to guy” for all things trivia related asmong his ‘friends’ on Facebook, is often mentioned in their posts.
  2. The Congress, qua the representatives of the populace, must bear some responsibility for the deplorable condition of the country today, yet they absolutely refuse to do so.
  3. A copy of a great literary work, qua a copy, should never be held in the same esteem as the original.

The origin of the word qua is  from 17th century Latin: the singular (feminine) form of qui – who. 

I discovered this word while playing “Words with Friends”, when it was played against me…for a tripple word score I might add. I looked it up to find its meaning, and have been frustrating opponents with it ever since.


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