I like to listen to the public radio game show “Says You,” which features brilliant and witty panelists playing games that involve obscure words and information.
Tonight one of the games required that the panelists define a batch of two-letter words, words like “aa” (a type of volcanic rock) and “zo” (a yak hybrid) and “bo” (an exclamation, such as boo, uttered to scare someone).
And then there was “qi.”
“Wait a minute,” I shouted silently. “That’s not an obscure word! I know what that word means, so how can it be obscure? I never know what ‘Says You’ words mean!”
The brilliant and witty panelists dithered a bit and came up with a definition that was accepted but that I considered to be vague and also clear proof that, despite being brilliant and witty and enormously knowledgeable, none of them had ever heard of qigong.
I guess qi and qigong still aren’t household words.