#AtoZChallenge: Q is for QUAGMIRE

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Day 17, April 20
Day 17, April 20




1. a soft boggy area of land that gives way underfoot.

“torrential rain turned the building site into a quagmire”
synonyms: swamp, morass, bog, marsh, muskeg, mire, slough;
archaic: quag
“the field became a quagmire”

2. an awkward, complex, or hazardous situation.

“a legal quagmire”
synonyms: muddle, morass, mix-up, mess, predicament, mare’s nest,
can of worms, quandary, tangle, imbroglio; trouble, confusion, difficulty;
informal: sticky wicket, pickle, stew, dilemma, fix, bind

I so love the sound of this word! Say it sloooowly……Quaaaaaaagmiiiiiiiire….. 😀
Do you ever find yourself in a quagmire, with no apparent solution?
It does feel like you’re sinking in a swamp.
You could also get a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach.
Perhaps you feel “bogged down”. Bog is another word for swamp.

See? It’s all related. 😉


#AtoZChallenge: Q is for QUAGMIRE, The Doglady's Den

Have you ever found yourself in quagmire? (Either literally or figuratively)

How did you handle it?

Looking forward to your comments!


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35 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Q is for QUAGMIRE

  1. Love that descriptive word, Debbie. It’s a good one! It’s sure a quagmire out there in the woods this time of year. I took Loup for a walk and my shoes got totally coated in mud. Should have worn my gumboots.

    Yes, quagmires figuratively speaking happen all the time and we feel we’re drowning but somehow we manage to get out. Loved your cute little poem.
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  2. Hey, that was a new word for me. And pretty sure have been in one, just didn’t know … Not the best place to be anyway. Yes-so fun to say out loud!! He he
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  3. I love the sound of that word too Debbie! 😉 I didn’t realize the first definition though I don’t think. I was in a quagmire with my recent move: the cleaner cancelled the day prior and I was considering an environmental cleaner until I discovered the fee for shampooing carpet – it was a small-sized room, plus cleaning two laminate floors. Luckily I had cleaned pretty much everything else so after my move I ended up doing it. I was tired and I coughed like crazy for an hour – such toxic chemicals – but I did it! I don’t think I’d do it again though! 😉 <3
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  4. Who hasn’t been in a quagmire at some time in their life? I found myself in one of its synonyms just this morning: quandary, which actually almost became my Q blog, but the quandary was resolved and it will be questions, which is the best way to get out of a quagmire. 🙂
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  5. Quagmire is such a great word – I like you love the sound of it. I don’t think I’ve ever found myself in a virtual quagmire, but I’ve been in more than one boggy hole. I remember stepping out of my wellies as a child once 😉
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