The phrase "tertium quid" (or "third option" in Latin) refers to something that exposes a dichotomy as false. A tertium quid is not somewhere between the two options (grey is not a tertium quid to the dichotomy of black vs. white), but rather something entirely new, something that escapes the one-dimensional line between two options.

The man himself.

TQ is the personification of this idea. He is an abstraction, and proud of it.

Pie vs. Cake
Like vs. Not Like
Up vs. Down

....and so on. This will become interesting later, I promise.

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