Q ~ The Loneliest Letter?

Scrabble game

Scrabble game (Photo credit: jcolman)

Q does not always need U. According to that source that is not given much respect, but that many of us go to because we are lazy, Wikipedia, “the only modern-English words that contain Q not followed by U and are not borrowed from another language are qiana, qwerty, and tranq”.

I was very disappointed to hear this as I was going to write a poem in honour of Q—and I think I will share it with you anyway, even though its premise is not correct:

Q cannot stand alone

Without U to keep it company

A scrabble Q is the loneliest letter.

So I must change it to:

I thought Q could not stand alone

Without U to keep it company

But I was wrong

But a Scrabble Q

is still the loneliest letter

Without U.

So my poetry is not lyrical, nor does it rhyme, and it really only makes a statement broken up to look like a poem—but if I say it is a poem then who can really argue with me?

I think Q is a very sociable letter—as it needs U about 99.9% of the time in the English language. Just like people who, according to Barbra Streisand: “need people”, most of the time Q needs U.

English: Screenshot of Barbra Streisand from t...

English: Screenshot of Barbra Streisand from the trailer for the film Hello, Dolly! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hey, I know I am not writing great literature here, but if I was, who would read me?

Published in: on September 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm  Comments (41)  
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