Qua Qua Qua
The use of “qua” has always struck me as the worst kind of legalese. It’s a convoluted, inelegant way of saying “as” or “to act in the capacity of.”
For example, Dictionary.com lists the following quote from Judge Richard Posner: “This might be thought a decisive objection to a federal judge’s writing about this subject even if the judge writes qua academic rather than qua judge.”
Not to knock Judge Posner (who must be admired intellectually, regardless of politics), but aren’t there better ways to express this thought? Is “qua” actually adding anything here?
Anyway, as much as I can, I’d like to encourage Qua to go the way of the dinosaurs. I have declared a moratorium on qua qua qua.