A Quaaltagh? A Quab? A Quaedam?
A Quaesitum? A Quaestor? A Quaffer?
A Qualimeter? A Quelet? A Querent?
A Quisby? A Quodlibet? A Quoz?
In alchemy, the quintessence is the fifth element which incorruptibly and ethereally binds air, earth, fire, and water to form the heavens and, according to Isaac Newton, ‘the condensed spirit of the world’. On a good day, alchemy and miscellany have a lot in common. Both seek ‘a lower kind of heaven’, as the alchemist Paracelsus said, ‘by which the sun is separated from the moon, day from night, medicine from poison, what is useful from what is refuse’. Now and then, they both strike gold.
The Contents of the Quintessential Index
1, 2, 3, 4, &c. | A Series, envelopes | A series, paper sizes | Abbrevs | Abecedary, female requisites | Abecedary, gemstone | Abecedary, love | Abecedary, Scrooge’s | Absurd phrases | Abundance & moderation | Accumulation, parables of | Adams, Douglas | Adversity, on | Advice, go not… | Advice, sound | Advice, to ladies | Age, on pleasure & | Aircraft, notable | Airport runway markings | ’All the world’s a stage’ | Alphabet, Greek | Alphabetical wooing | Ambition, political | Ampersand | Ancestral lineage | Angels, Longfellow on | Anger | Animal, cries | Animal, hybrids | Animal, life spans | Animal House | Animus, legal | Antalgic | Antiscii & periscii | Apostles, gem emblems | Apothecary symbols | Apple Pie, A | Apple seeds & love | April Fool’s Day, hoaxes | April Fool’s Day, miscellany | Arabic proverb | Arithmetic, Lewis Carroll on | Articles, commercial | Astrological schematic | Backslang, costermonger’s | Bailey, David | Bassett, Bertie | Beatles’ hits, word frequency | Beauty, female | Beauty-spot nomenclature | Beds, paradox of | Beefalo | Bees, colour coding | Bees, superstitions | Best things, on the | Bestiary, drunkards | Bestiary, good host | Bestiary, Italian women | Bestiary, travellers | Bibles of note, curious | Biblio- | Big Brother winners | Big numbers | Billingsley, Sherman | Blasting signals | ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky, John | Bonds, brick | Brandy, stages of | Brick bonds | Brothers of note | Brushes, sign-writing | Buckle my shoe, 1, 2 | Builders’ advice | BuxWV | Buying, on | Byron, Lord | Calling cards | Cambridge University etiquette | Captain Queernabs | Cards, visiting | ‘Carpet parade’ | Carroll, Lewis, on arithmetic | Cats, on killing | Chalk marks, Ellis Island | Charms for cramp | Cheese ’n’ onion | Chess mates, various types of | Children, eight rules for | Chinese, fire drill | Chinese, shame & honour | Churchilliana | Cigars and reading the news | Circle, of progress | Circle, of the moral world | Classical music catalogues | Clock, courting | Clock, gemstone | Coal size & nomenclature | Code names, US | Coffee, interview without | Coleridge, on cramp | Coleridge, on old women | Colour lore | Commercial articles | Conundrum, typographic | Conversation | Correction, proof marks | Costermonger’s backslang | Counting rhyme, apple seeds | Counting rhyme, children’s | Counting rhyme, John le Carré | Courting, Jonathan Swift on | Courting, timepiece of | Courtly love | Cramp, charms for | Crayola® crayon colours | Cremated human remains | Cries, animal | Crisp colour coding | Croker, Charlie | Cross, Stations of the | Cruising, on | Cut, types of | Cutting nails | D-Day & Zulu time | Dates, handy table of | Deceptions, trilogy of | Degrees of love | Delta Tau Chi | Delusional conditions | Demonic hierarchy | Devil, names for the | Dhiatensor keyboard | Diabolical trilogy | Dickens, Charles | Dislodgement & lodgement | Divination by moles | Divisions of life | Dogs & polecats, raining | Dos and Don’ts, President Hu’s | Dress, codes | Dress, modesty in | Drinking, bestiary | Drinking, cups of wine | Drinking, reasons for | Duffy, Brian | Dutch in idiom, the | Dvorak, August | E.U.V.N.V.U.E. | Eights, Elagabalus & | Eights, Malagasy & | Eights, rules for children | Eisenstaedt, Alfred | Elagabalus & eights | Ellis Island immigrant marks | Eminence, on | Engine of love | England defined | Enigma, religious | Ennead | Envelopes, A series | Errands, fool’s | Eton, (not) at | Evans, Sir Harold | Extra, goose | Extra, scrubbable | Eye, rock of | Facebook relationship status | Fasting terms | Fat travellers | Favours, on asking | Fawlty Towers | Female, beauty | Female, requisites | Fingerprint classification | Fingers | Fitch keyboard | Fittings, tailor | Five things to observe | Flag, semaphore, & Morse signals | Flay Otters | Flemish bond | Flights, notable | Flumps, the | Flushing, lavatory | Fool’s errands | Foote’s Panjandrum | Footpath, rule of the | Footwear labelling symbols | Four old things | Freddie, Camp | Friends, choosing | Friends, episodes | Friendship, progress of | Fry, Stephen, hedges & | Games, Panhellenic | Gemstones | Genius & longevity | Gentlemen, types of | Gesticulations, Italian | Gielgud, Sir John | Giggle, the | Gilbert & Sullivan | Glow, ladies | ‘God Calls Me God’ | Gods, seasonal | Golden mottoes | Grave depths | Grease, elbow | Greek alphabet | Green, Stanley | Greenhouse temperatures | Grog | Guantánamo Bay | Guests, duties of | Gypsy slang, c18th | Haddock, Captain | Hailstone sizes | Hair-clipper specifications | Haloes | Hand, miscellany | Hand, signals, Stork Club | Handkerchief slang | Happiness, timetables for | Harry, Prince | Hay, measures of | Health, secrets for | Heart, ways to a woman’s | Hedges, Fry & Laurie on | Heroine, curiousness of the word | Heroism | Heseltine, Michael | Hiccoughs, unlikely ‘cures’ for | Hieroglyphs of tramps &c. | High road to suicide | Hippocratic Oath | Hitchcock, Alfred | Hoaxes, April Fool’s Day | Hollywood’s formula for love | Honour, Chinese | Hoof code | Horses, good | Hospitality, trilogy of | Host, good, bestiary of | Hot weather vocabulary | Houses, warm | Hu, President | Hybrid animals | Idiosyncrasies, local | Imbibing guide, Withnail & I | Indolence, seasons of | Instruments, Peter & the Wolf | Intellect, distribution of | Intellect, pleasure, classes of | ‘Interview without coffee’ | Italian, gesticulations | Italian, women, bestiary of | Italian Job, The, crew of | Itching significance | Jejunium Generale &c. | Jennifer’s Diary | Journeys, on | Judges & juries | Jump, Go, & Finish | Juries & judges | Kenward, Betty | Keyboard layouts | Killing cats, on | Kisses & kissing | Knife, anatomy | Knightly virtues | (Un/)Known (un/)knowns | Koro | Laughter | Laurie, Hugh, hedges & | Lavatory, flushing advice | Lavatory, number required | Law, nine points of | Lawyers, London | Le Carré, John | Led, Jonathan Swift & | Legal animus | Lewis, C. S., on love | Life, on | Life, stages of | Lily, gilding the | Lineage, ancestral | Liquorice Allsorts | Living, rules of | Lodgement & dislodgement | Longevity, genius & | Longfellow on angels | Losing, Spanish proverb on | Love, abecedary of | Love, apple seeds & | Love, miscellany | Love, telegraph of | Lovers, younger | Lovesickness | Macbeth | Malagasy & eights | Man, monocular | Man, of consequence, to make | Man, three types of | Manias of note | Manners, watching | Marriage, ladder of | Maths toast | McKenna, Rob | ‘Meeting with tea and no biscuits’ | Men to avoid, three types | Mether-a-Bumfit | Miles, archaic | Milk, pigeon | Miscellany, authorial | Moderation & abundance | Modesty in dress | Moles, divination by | Monday born | Money & spoons | Monocular man | Monty, Uncle | Moon phases | Moral world, circle of | | Morse, semaphore, & flag signals | Muggletonians | Mummy, to be separated from | Mysterious triangles | Mystery Inc. | Na | Nail cutting & days of the week | Naming sheep | Neidermeyer, Douglas C. | Newcastle, coals to | News, believing & communicating | News, smoking cigars while reading | Nick’s names | Nimbus symbolism | Nine points of law | Niyazov, Saparmurat | No recall | Noms de… | Nose & the letter S | Notes, on | Numbers, big | Numerals | Numerical morality | Nutant loop | Oath, Hippocratic | Observe, five things to | Occupations of note | Old things, four | Omega Theta Pi | Oranges & Lemons | Others, dealing with | Oxford secrets | Oysters, eating | Panhellenic games | Panjandrum, Foote’s | Paper sizes, A series | Parables of accumulation | Park, Postman’s | Parker, Dorothy | Parties, Lord Byron on | Pauperism & poverty | Periscii & antiscii | Peter & the Wolf, instruments | Phases of the moon | Philosophy of love | Photographers, 1960s’ rhyme | Pied coat, the fool is known by his | Pipe, perils of smoking | Piquet, travelling | Planting patterns | Pleasure, age & | Pleasure intellectual, classes of | Politicians, ambition | Politicians, ingredients to make | Pope, almost fanatical devotion to | Porridge & the OED | Postman’s Park | Poverty & pauperism | Precipitation lexicon | Press, a toast | Prison terms | Proof correction marks | ‘Protein Man’, Stanley Green | Proust questionnaire | Proverb, Arabic | Spanish | Pub, crawl, c18th | Pub, cricket | Python, Monty | Queen bee colour coding | Quincunx | QWERTY | Rabbinical hierarchy | Rail, rule of the | Rain, dismissals | Rain, lexicon | Rain, progress of | Reading, nine rules for | Recall, no | Recycling symbols | Red Cross, Crescent, & Crystal | Religious enigma | Remains, human cremated | Reservoir Dogs colouring | Road, rule of the | Rock of eye | Roofing slate sizes | Rules, of living | Rules, of reading | Ruling titles of note | Rum rations | Rumsfeld, Donald | Runway markings, airport | S+N+ose | S’s of love | Sampson, Anthony | ‘Savage’ love | Savoy Operas | Scaffolding terms | Scissors, on the spelling of | Scrooge’s abecedary | Scrote | Sculptor’s hoof code | Seasons, gods | Seasons, indolence | Secrets, Oxford | Semaphore, flag, & Morse signals | Seven-sided animal | Shaggy | Shame, Chinese | Shaver, various types of | Sheep, counting | Sheep, naming | Shipping container sizes | Shoe labelling symbols | Sholes, Christopher Latham | Sign-writing brushes | Simon, Paul | Sippers | Slang, gypsy, c18th | Slang, handkerchief | Sleep & dividing the day | Smiles, taxonomy of | Smiley, George | Smoking pipes, perils of | Sneak, types of | Sniccups | Software types | Something old… | Sound, distances heard | Spanish Inquisition, weapons of | Spelling ‘scissors’ | Spies, types of | Spoons & money | St Clement’s, say the bells of | Stages, brandy | Stages, life | Stations of the Cross | Stet | Stork Club hand signals | Storms, hiding from | Suicide, against | Suicide, high road to | Supererogation & stupidity | Superfluities | Superstitions, bees | Superstitions, theatrical | Swift, Jonathan, & ‘led’ | Swift, on courting | Syldavian | Tailor, jacket fittings | Tears | Telegraph, of love | Twitter & | Temper, controlling one’s | The one with… | Theatrical superstitions | Thin, to become | This is the… | Three types of men | Tie, black, white &c. | Tiggers | Time, using fragments of | Timepiece, courting | Timepiece, gemstone | Timetables for happiness | Tinker, tailor… | Tintin & the foreign translators | Titles of note, ruling | To do at once | Toilet, lady’s | Tramps, hieroglyphs of | Travellers, bestiary of | Travellers, fat | Travelling, piquet | Trench schematic, WWI | Triangles, mysterious | Trilogy, deceptions | Trilogy, diabolical | Trilogy, hospitality | Trilogy, men | Trilogy, men to avoid | Trilogy, sound advice | Trilogy, truth’s | Trilogy, wives | Truth’s trilogy | Twitter & telegraphy | Typographic conundrum | UK Theme, bbc | Union Flag specifications | Virtues, knightly | Visiting cards | Walking in a winter wonderland | Wall-covering symbols | Warm houses | Wasting time | Weather, symbols | Weather, vocabulary, hot | Wedding tradition symbolism | Week, on the | Whiskers, vulgar | ‘Wicked Bible’ | Wills, Won’ts, & Can’ts | Wind, chill | Wind, notable | Windsor Uniform | Winter wonderland, walking in a | Wisdom, perfect | Wise men | Witch colour | Withnail & I, imbibing guide | Wives, trilogy of | Woman’s, heart, ways to a | Woman’s, toilet, requisition | Wombles, the | Wooing, alphabetical | Wool measures | Wooster, Bertram | Words for rain | WWI trench schematic | Zodiac signs | Zoological analysis, Paul Simon’s | Zulu time &c. | These are the index entries for the UK edition; other editions differ.