"act or fact of standing in line," 1918, verbal noun from queue (v.).
"Queueing" had really become an equivalent for sport with some working-class women. It afforded an occasion and an opportunity for gossip. ["The War of Food in Britain," in "The Congregationalist and Advance," April 25, 1918]
Cue vs. QueueWhen do you cue, and when do you queue? Cue typically refers to a signal that encourages someone to take an action, while queue indicates an ordered line or file. Both cue and queue are pronounced like the letter Q, and are considered to be homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings. Additionally, both cue and queue can be used …
Using These Words Will Make You Sound Like You’re From New YorkNew York English carries what linguists call a non-rhotic accent, with speakers often dropping Rs that are followed by another consonant. Here's what we mean.
- queue fourché,
- queuing theory,
- quevedo y villegas,
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