Thursday, August 13, 2015
Should you “take a queue” or a “take a cue”?
The idiom “take a cue from” means:
“to use someone else's behavior or reactions as a guide to one's own.”
An August 10th blog post at Ethos3 titled Lazy Tips for Design by Sunday Avery fumbled it in the following section:
“Think Kid’s Book
Have you ever seen a presentation that looks minimal, contemporary, and sleek? It probably followed this design principle, which takes a queue from children’s books by only including a short amount of text and single object of focus per slide.”
On February 14, 2014 I blogged about a particular version of that design principle in a post titled Assertion-Evidence PowerPoint slides are a visual alternative to bullet point lists.
When you look up queue in Merriam-Webster you will find that one meaning is:
“a waiting line especially of persons or vehicles”
but that’s the second one listed in the full definition. The first is:
“a braid of hair usually worn hanging at the back of the head.”
The image of a queue came from a 1908 Puck magazine at the Library of Congress.