cue vs queue : Common Errors in English

About cue vs queue

“Cue” has a variety of meanings, but all uses of “queue” relate to its original French meaning of “tail,” which becomes a metaphor for a line (beware, however: in French queue is also rude slang for the male sex organ). Although a few dictionaries accept “cue” as an alternative spelling for the braided tail some people make of their hair or a waiting line, traditionally both are queues: “Sun Yat Sen ordered thatall Chinese men should cut off their queues,” “I have over 300 movies in my Netflix queue.”

cue Meaning(s)

  • (n) an actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech
  • (n) evidence that helps to solve a problem
  • (n) a stimulus that provides information about what to do
  • (n) sports implement consisting of a tapering rod used to strike a cue ball in pool or billiards
  • (v) assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned

queue Meaning(s)

  • (n) a line of people or vehicles waiting for something
  • (n) (information processing) an ordered list of tasks to be performed or messages to be transmitted
  • (n) a braid of hair at the back of the head
  • (v) form a queue, form a line, stand in line

cue in News

  1. Cue calendar

    Items for Calendar and Night Life must be received in writing by noon Thursday for the next Thursday's publication. Releases must include a signature and daytime telephone number. Mail to Calendar/Night Life, in care of Mickey Wieland, Cue, Journal Star, 1 News Plaza, Peoria, IL 61643; send faxes to 686-3296; or send email to .
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Peoria Journal Star

  2. Eddy Cue: Before and After

    Aside from the slew of product and software announcements yesterday, did anyone else notice an extremely tan and stylish-looking Eddy Cue take the stage to talk about Siri? Coupled with a turquoise shirt and a few buttons un-buttoned, Cue looked like he just got back from weekend trip clubbing in Miami. I suppose it goes hand in hand now that he's on the board of directors at Ferrari!
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Network World

  3. Apple's Cue to appear on stage and in court

    If the trade press reports are true, Eddy Cue will take the stage Monday at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference. Three days later, Cue is schedule to appear in a Manhattan federal court as the star witness in U.S.A. vs Apple.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: CNN Money

queue in News

  1. Istanbul protesters fear what a new day will bring

    ISTANBUL -- It’s dawn and tea pots bubble above low flames. Faces appear, poking out from tents, with reddened eyes. The first cigarettes of the day are lit, their tips glowing orange. Smart phones glow as people queue in an exhausted haze, waiting for a breakfast of coffee, bread and cheese.        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. The haps of Bonnaroo's Comedy Tent

    Grand LOL Party Bonnaroo's comedy tent is air conditioned, but the limited, first-come-first-served seating means you have to queue up in zero shade (hours) before a particular set:… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Nashville Scene

  3. Special Report: Egypt's Brotherhood turns to flour power

    By Tom Perry and Abdel Rahman Youssef ALEXANDRIA (Reuters) - The bread queue can be a dangerous and dishonest place in Egypt. People have killed over state-subsidized loaves. Corruption blights much of the trade. The problems, says the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, are why it has introduced a new way to deliver bread - safely and cleanly - from bakeries to homes. ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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