Why is it you cannot grasp the fundamentals of post-modern abstract expressionism? Can’t you even differentiate between the neo-classical works of Carravagio and the surrealism of Magritte? Or worse, can’t you tell the difference in the comedic evolution of Mystery Science Theater 3000 since Joel Hodgson left Mike Nelson stranded on the Satellite of Love? Do I have to explain everything? Must I expound on the dilemmas of being qua being, or the fundamentals of Existential Thought? Why do I waste my time?…”
For, Mr. Floyd’s job, you see, is to confuse his victims. His talent is especially effective against those with limited education, cultural background and intellectual gifts. He is routinely called upon to deal with officials of the law to obscure mob activities in a flurry of rhetoric. He is called upon to frighten the more intellectually servile of the organization into doing exactly what the Boss wants them to do. Most go back to their work, their efforts redoubled. They promise to never make a mistake again, just as long as they never again must face the frightening, quisquous Mr. Floyd.
quisquous / KWIS – kwus / adj. Latin perplexing, puzzling.
This is a word I first came across in The Superior Person's Book of Words, by Peter Bowler. I've never really seen it in my unabridged Random House Dictionary of the English Language . Mr. Bowler used the Australian edition of Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language, and in the American Edition (which I have) he relied on the American Heritage Dictionary. My surmise as to its origin as a Latin immigrant is from a year of high school Latin, and well, the fact that "quis" is Latin for "who," which might fit, or might in itself, be a puzzle.