#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. Oh yes, often have felt myself in a QUAGMIRE. I have handled it by accepting it for what it is and let life shift and change naturally, no point struggling or you get more stuck into it.

  2. Quagmire is a good word. I’ve been in a few over the years. Always managed to extricate myself but it hasn’t always been pretty.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host

  3. Quagmire does have neat sound to it. It has rained so much here; anyone who tried to drive across a field or pasture would certainly find themselves in a quagmire. Good word choice.

  4. 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.

    1. Yes, it’s raining a lot here too! Definitely calls for gumboots. 🙂
      Glad you enjoyed the poem, Cathy. I’m not as adept at it as you are, but it’s fun.

  5. 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

    1. Definitely not the best place to be, but, at least we can get out of it. 🙂
      I’m in a bit of a quagmire just now, having run out of pre-written A-Z posts. ACK!

  6. 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

    1. That sure was a nasty quandary you were in, Elly. You must be so glad to have it finished and overwith. You’d think that toxic chemicals would be phased out more and more.

  7. Plenty of times have I been in a quagmire!! Some were not so bad but a few left me shaking with anger and despair! I tend to get angry and push myself harder to do better most of the time. Plus being able to say ‘no’ easily to any one makes my life a bit easy!
    Nice word you chose Debbie.

    1. Some quagmires are literally and figuratively deeper that others, to be sure! 🙂 We learn from all of them and hopefully know better next time, as you say.

  8. 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. 🙂

  9. 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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