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Meaning of 'Quick ' question?

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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24th Apr 2012 12:21

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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24th Apr 2012 12:43

Quick question
How many atoms make up the average desk?

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By neileg
lionofludesch
24th Apr 2012 13:00

Quick answer

Constantly Confused wrote:
How many atoms make up the average desk?
Four
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By BKD
24th Apr 2012 13:01

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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24th Apr 2012 13:04

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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sparish
24th Apr 2012 14:33

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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24th Apr 2012 13:49

Apologies!

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

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24th Apr 2012 14:49

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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By pauld
24th Apr 2012 15:01

quick question

How do you say that number in words ?

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cheekychappy
24th Apr 2012 15:11

in words .....

"two times ten to the twenty seven"

 

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By BKD
cheekychappy
24th Apr 2012 15:11

Quick answer

pauld wrote:

How do you say that number in words ?

"Lots"

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cheekychappy
24th Apr 2012 15:18

.

pauld wrote:

How do you say that number in words ?

UK

Budget

Deficit

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By Old Greying Accountant
24th Apr 2012 15:18

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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24th Apr 2012 15:28

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

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24th Apr 2012 15:30

Is this in the same context as a

"quickie" or, have I missed the point!

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24th Apr 2012 22:09

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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27th Apr 2012 11:25

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

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27th Apr 2012 11:28

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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27th Apr 2012 12:35

quick question

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

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27th Apr 2012 17:13

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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By BKD
Tornado
28th Apr 2012 09:06

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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27th Apr 2012 17:32

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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By NigeC
27th Apr 2012 21:00

Quick question?

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

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