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The Qui Vive is a web site by and for the students of Briarwood Christian School. It is intened to inform, assist, and occasionally entertain. It is not opperated by, endorced by, or otherwise associated with Briarwood Chistian School or Briarwood Presbyterian Church.

About the name: Basicly, I was trying to come up with a name, and as I glanced over the arcives of Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day (, I saw "qui vive," looked at the definition, and desided to use it. The word of the day entry is below:

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 2 is:

qui vive \kee-VEEV\ (noun) : alert, lookout

Example sentence: Marcy is an inveterate shopper who is always on the qui vive for bargains.

Did you know? When a sentinel guarding a French castle in days of yore cried "Qui vive?" your life depended upon your answer (the right one was usually something like "Long live the king!"). What the sentinel was asking was "Long live who?" but the act of calling out apparently impressed English listeners more than the meaning of the phrase, because when they adopted it in the early 1700s they used "qui vive" in the sense "alert." Nowadays, it is most often used in the phrase "on the qui vive," meaning "on the lookout."

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