Q [Arlo, presumably]

Cidu Bill on Jul 29th 2015


Filed in Arlo Award, Arlo Page, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Doonesbury, G.B. Trudeau, comic strips, comics, humor | 29 responses so far

29 Responses to “Q [Arlo, presumably]”

  1. Ian Osmond Jul 29th 2015 at 07:32 am 1

    I think it’s supposed to be unsolvable. It’s something so depraved and shocking that none of us would ever even know what it is.

  2. Mitch4 Jul 29th 2015 at 07:43 am 2

    There’s a 5-letter word that came to mind, and almost fits the context, but imperfectly. It rhymes with that hiphop performer who was going to give a concert by hologram recently.

  3. BBBB Jul 29th 2015 at 08:15 am 3

    This strip is from way back when Boopsie was portrayed as an airhead. It’s possible that she can’t spell what she’s describing.

  4. yellojkt Jul 29th 2015 at 08:22 am 4


  5. Kamino Neko Jul 29th 2015 at 08:26 am 5

    It’s a Noodle Incident.

  6. mitch4 Jul 29th 2015 at 08:43 am 6

    (My overly-obscure rhyming clue was “Chief Keef”.)

  7. Olpera Jul 29th 2015 at 09:26 am 7

    @ mitch4: The “Quickie”-association was easy but can you rephrase
    the “Chief Keef”-rhyme one in school- or technical* English?
    * preferentially in electric, -tronic terms

  8. Morris Keesan Jul 29th 2015 at 10:10 am 8

    Olpera, mitch4 was referring to the word “queef”:
    I’m skeptical, since I never encountered that word until this century, and I don’t see any particular connection to the “shallow end of a pool”, unless that’s a euphemism that has nothing to do with actual swimming pools.

    I agree with Ian at #1: I don’t think Trudeau had any actual answer in mind.

  9. mitch4 Jul 29th 2015 at 10:16 am 9

    Olpera, I’m not part of the “quickie” chain of discussion, so a bit unsure if you meant to direct that in part to me.

    My candidate word, again not a really perfect fit but possible, was “queef”. It has to do with expulsion of air or other gas from the body, but not exactly like “fart”. Oh my, let’s see if this goes into moderation. :(v

  10. Judge Mental Jul 29th 2015 at 10:35 am 10

    I agree with Ian [1], it isn’t supposed to represent anything specific (at least to us the readers). The notion that B.D. (do I have my Doonesbury characters correct?) believes that Boopsie has “said too much” with such a non-telling clue is the joke.

    I got what mitch4 [2] was going for, but that still would require the reader’s imagination to fill in the depraved part and why it would have to be occur in the shallow end of the pool.

  11. Judge Mental Jul 29th 2015 at 10:40 am 11

    Gahh. “to be occur” was supposed to read “to occur”

  12. That's Me Jul 29th 2015 at 10:58 am 12

    If I recall, Boopsie was always something of a naïf. There was a storyline in which she was posing for a cheese cake-ey swimsuit photo shoot, and the photographer told her to close her eyes and think of what they were selling. The final panel was her posed in the surf thinking “swimsuits”.

    In that context, I would suspect that whatever the incident was, it was far more innocent that we might think it would be. Even so, I’m at a loss for what you might do in the shallow end of a pool that starts with a q.

  13. DemetriosX Jul 29th 2015 at 11:17 am 13

    I’m going to agree with Ian Osmond @1. It was 1984 and Boopsie was hanging out with the glitterati in LA. She’s on the phone with Mark, who is trying to get some juicy gossip for his radio show. Since it was 1984, I doubt Trudeau could have gotten away with anything too obvious, so he used a letter that very few people would be able to draw anything from.

    OTOH, since it was 1984, there’s a slim possibility it stands for Quaaludes. This would have been around the time they were placed on Schedule 1, but I think they were pretty much out as a drug of choice by then, and why would you only take them in the shallow end of the pool?

  14. Big Chief Jul 29th 2015 at 12:40 pm 14

    Would she be so dumb that she thinks “pee” starts with a Q?

  15. DPWally Jul 29th 2015 at 01:21 pm 15

    I think Ian #1 got it, it’s meant to be unsolvable. The gas explanation is somewhere along the gross spectrum, depending on your threshold of gross; it doesn’t fit as depraved.

    B.D.’s outrage isn’t because she partly-revealed something depraved, it’s because she shared something he already sold to People.

    I predict that the next time this strip floats through syndication there will be a commonly-used word for a depraved act starting with Q. The discussion in that era’s CMRDU (Comics My Robot Didn’t Understand) will be whether that’s the word Boopsie meant.

  16. feuerstein Jul 29th 2015 at 01:52 pm 16

    For her a quickie would maybe be shocking, and IN the pool may be depraved.

    But it’s so long since I read that strip. Back then I thought she was sexy and naive.

    I do remember “feather” and “asterix” though. : ) I wonder what Jeb would be…

  17. Olpera Jul 29th 2015 at 03:29 pm 17

    @ mitch4 (8): The quickie part was not directed to you. It was however, generally speaking, an obvious
    association - on contrary to : -”It rhymes with that hiphop performer …”, of whom I didn’t, and still don’t
    want to, have the faintest. Nor had I of “queef” but thanks to Urban Dictionary I unfortunately have.

  18. Proginoskes Jul 29th 2015 at 03:37 pm 18


  19. James Pollock Jul 29th 2015 at 04:05 pm 19

    You can use any verb you’d like. Just preface it with an adverb that starts with Q, and then add “in the shallow end of the pool” afterwards, and you meet all the stated requirements (depravity level optional)

    Another possibility, since this is comics, is that she was referring to Q&$#@@*!

  20. James Pollock Jul 29th 2015 at 04:08 pm 20

    For a variation on this, the TV show “How I Met Your Mother” had an episode that revolved around Canadian slang terms for sexual activities. They referred to a website (CanadianSexActs.org)

    This site is still up.

  21. guero Jul 29th 2015 at 05:21 pm 21

    Was queef even a word (as slang or otherwise) back in 1984? Quickie fits the bill, but I think the better interpretation is Ian’s @1. For you geezer’s out there, does anyone else remember Phil Harris’ hit The Thing from the 50’s?

  22. Mona Jul 30th 2015 at 03:19 am 22

    guero, yes, I do remember that □ □ □, although I was not yet born when it came out.

  23. chuckers Jul 30th 2015 at 06:49 am 23


    I am reasonably sure that queef was used in the mid 80s. That was my first contact with the “word.”

  24. Morris Keesan Jul 30th 2015 at 10:51 am 24

    Interesting. As of right now, my comment after #7 is still awaiting moderation, but mitch4’s immediately following comment isn’t. I thought I had been moderated because of the Q-word. I now suspect that including a link to the Urban Dictionary definition is what did it.

  25. mitch4 Jul 30th 2015 at 11:41 am 25

    Morris — FTR, my comment now showing as #8 did indeed post immediately upon submitting. I thought the suspect words might well throw it into moderation, but did not happen.

  26. Skaloop Jul 30th 2015 at 01:46 pm 26

    As Kamino mentioned, totally a noodle incident situation. It’s up to your imagination.

  27. Dan Sachs Jul 30th 2015 at 01:54 pm 27

    As long as no one’s doing the Venus Butterfly we’re OK.

  28. Olpera Jul 30th 2015 at 02:48 pm 28

  29. Meryl A Aug 6th 2015 at 02:11 am 29

    Couldn’t either also be done in the middle of the pool or the deeper end?

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