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Meaning of 'Quick ' question?

Whenever I see the words 'quick' posted in the title of a question, I usually find the question is anything but quick and often long and complicated. Why do people feel the need to say 'quick'? It puts me off wanting to give any help at all. Does this annoy anyone else or is it just grumpy old me?

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It's long and complicated...

... by definition:

"Whenever I see the words 'quick' posted in the title of a question, I usually find the question is anything but quick and often long and complicated."

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Quick question
How many atoms make up the average desk?

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Quick answer

Constantly Confused wrote:
How many atoms make up the average desk?
Four
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Questions are invariably quick

It is the answer that tends to take time (thanks to CC for an illustration of that very point)

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next they will be asking for a read receipt

or flag their question up as urgent - i never give read receipts for email and always demote urgent messages to the bottom of the pile

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Yep!

carnmores wrote:

or flag their question up as urgent - i never give read receipts for email and always demote urgent messages to the bottom of the pile

 

I'm with you on that one!

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Apologies!

I didn't realise my posting of "Quick question" would offend so many!

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atoms in a desk

Depends on the mass of the desk and the material.

If it is wooden and around 30 Kg

about

2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms

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quick question

How do you say that number in words ?

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in words .....

"two times ten to the twenty seven"

 

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Quick answer

pauld wrote:

How do you say that number in words ?

"Lots"

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pauld wrote:

How do you say that number in words ?

UK

Budget

Deficit

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In old money ...

... I would say two thousand quadrillion - if you're American; a scientist; or both: 2 octillion!

In the unlikely event anyone cares:

http://www.jimloy.com/math/billion.htm

 

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...

Price of a 30kg wooden desk in "new drachma" ?

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Is this in the same context as a

"quickie" or, have I missed the point!

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lol ... a politician ...

... would have answered that question with another question that wasn't even remotely connected to the original question ... but would have been connected to some vague reference that they thought would make him/her look good ;)

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A quick question is one to which the inquisitor desires an answer but not an accompanying bill.

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Another slant

When a client just wants to ask a "quick question" it is short hand for not wanting to incur any costs for answering it ....

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quick question

its code for ...can u do this for free please ;o)

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Maybe it's becoming ...

.. a compound noun where the noun just can't live without the adjective in certain contexts.  Like a 'nice cup' of tea.

I suppose 'butterfly' started like this centuries ago.

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Compound nouns

David Winch wrote:

.. a compound noun where the noun just can't live without the adjective in certain contexts.  Like a 'nice cup' of tea.

and those pubs that advertise "good food" - as if you'd be expecting anything else

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Quick Question ?

I get asked lots of "quick" questions like :

"Should I incorporate my business ?", "Should I bring my wife into Partnership ?", "Should I have a company car" - yes the "questions are "quick" but as BKD said the answers are usually not quite so "quick" !!!

I find that the use of the phrase "quick question" indicates that the questioner has absolutely no idea of the complexity of subject matter of the question.  My initial response (before the question is asked) is invariably "20%" and my subsequent response to the puzzled "20% ??" is "That's the only "quick" answer I can think of in response to the only "quick" questions I think you can ask which are "What is the current VAT rate ?" or "What is the current basic rate of income tax ?"" 

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Quick question?

My response is usually "yes,but it may not get a quick answer".

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