A critical part of a project is missing to render it utterly useless; a crucial person in your life is missing so as to render you utterly useless. Just like trying to form a word in the English language that starts with Q but has no U is nearly impossible.
1. The plans for the new public park are beautiful, but without the funding, the plans are a Q without a U.
2. My boyfriend is stationed overseas for 6 months, and I can't seem to function. Without him, I'm a Q without a U.
A newspaper or magazine writer who creates inane articles about alleged dramatic changes in culture or society, even though the evidence is often flimsy generalties and select anecdotes.
Did you see that deadline anthropologist's article about American men now caring more about charity than acquiring personal wealth? Must be true because the pastor and kindergarten teacher quoted in the article said so.
A Christmas card you only receive because you first sent a Christmas card to the sender and the sender has now been guilted into sending a card to you. Boomerang Christmas cards often arrive after Christmas has already passed.
You received a Christmas card from the Collins family - wow, that's impressive!" "No biggie, it's just a Boomerang Christmas Card because they received our card last week.