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  • qadi - a Muslim judge qanat - an irrigation channel qasida - an Arabic or Persian poem qawwal - a qawwali devotional singer qawwali - Muslim devotional music qibla - the direction towards Mecca qigong - a Chinese system of physical exercises qin - a Chinese musical instrument qintar - a monetary unit of Albania qwerty - the standard layout of typewriters and keyboards tariqa - the Sufi method of spiritual learning This should be helpful to any Scrabble player. :-) [added on 25 March 2004] If they're not English, why are they in an English dictionary? ;-) If Scrabble allows for words of foreign origin, so will I. :)
  • yes here are some others. Qaid -a Muslim leader Qat - an evergreen shrub Qindar or Qintar - a monetary unit Qiviut - wool of a musk-ox Qoph - a hebrew letter
  • The words cited in a previous answer all come from languages whose written form is up to interpretation when transliterating the pronunciation into English. For example, when the leader of Libya was in the news for his country's potential involvement in the Lockerbie bombing, print media had to choose between Qadafy, Quaddafi, Kadafy, Kadafi and some other variations because there is simply no direct correspondence between English and Arabic (or Chinese or Albanian) or other languages which use a pictographic set of letters. Also see http://i-cias.com/babel/arabic/005.htm which has an interesting note: "Transliteration is the technique that changes Arabic writing into a Latin substitute. Since there are many letters in Arabic which have no Latin equivalent, either the combination of two letters, or special qualities are added to normal Latin letters."
  • Strangely enough there is - QWERTY - it is defined as a type of keyboard (the most common type used). In addition, the Scrabble game rules list a few other words that can be used without a 'u'.
  • My two cents on the debate: If you count words that English has borrowed from other languages, most notably Arabic, then definitely. Arabic has a "k" sound that is like the one in English, and we write "k" when we borrow words with that sound. Arabic also has a sound that is made much further back in your throat (a uvular stop for the linguists among you; the rest will just have to take my word for it because I can't demonstrate over the internet!). To maintain a distinction between the two sounds, English has assigned "q" to Arabic borrowings with this unfamiliar sound. Ever wonder why you see both Qur'an and Koran to refer to the Muslim religious text? The Arabic word begins with that unfamiliar sound. "Koran" was in use before English hit on the k vs. q idea. "Qur'an" arrived after English had seen enough of Arabic to have an official position on the subject. Nowadays, using Koran is not necessarily wrong, but it's just a pretty sure indicator that you don't know any Arabic! Now, I happen to count words that have been borrowed and that lots of native English speakers use. So I'd say, YES, there are English words with a "q" but no "u". Some of you don't have the same criteria for what constitutes an English word. So here's my answer for you: NO. Old English, the earliest written form of our language, did not use the letter "q" at all. Ever. The word "queen" used to be "cwen". Until the Norman Conquest of 1066, when England borrowed "q" (and a whole lot of other things, too) from French. And in French, "q" always has a "u" after it. So no "native" English word, of the variety that has been around for more than a century, will have a "q" without a "u".
  • You forgot "Iraqi"
  • Yes.Here are some examples:QI QAT QIS SUQ QADI QAID QOPH WAQF BURQA FAQIR QIBLA TALAQ TRANQ UMIAQ BUQSHA QANATS QASIDA QAWWAL QIGONG QINDAR QINTAR QIVIUT QWERTY SHEQEL YAQONA INQILAB QABALAH QAWWALI TSADDIQ TZADDIQ MBAQANGA MUQADDAM QAIMAQAM QALAMDAN QINDARKA QWERTIES SHEQALIM QINGHAOSU TSADDIQIM TZADDIQIM
  • These don't sound like English words to me.
  • There are very few words in which q is not followed by u, and all but one have reached English from other languages: qadi - a Muslim judge qanat - an irrigation channel qasida - an Arabic or Persian poem qawwal - a qawwali devotional singer qawwali - Muslim devotional music qibla - the direction towards Mecca qigong - a Chinese system of physical exercises qin - a Chinese musical instrument qintar - a monetary unit of Albania qwerty - the standard layout of typewriters and keyboards tariqa - the Sufi method of spiritual learning http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutwords/qwerty?view=uk from the net. The Q without U words accepted in the U. S. Scrabble list are: QAT, QAID, QOPH, FAQIR, QANAT, TRANQ, QINDAR, QINTAR, QWERTY, SHEQEL, QINDARKA Versions of Arabic words written in English use q without a following u. It’s a way of transcribing that guttural k sound (the Arabic letter qaf) and how the alphabet has evolved over more than two millennia.
  • Our national airline in Australia is called Q.A.N.T.A.S and everyone around the world say's qantas as a word.
  • QANTAS
  • this is gay!!!! qwerty kill ur selfs im holding babby kittens hostage and im raping them with human blood as luberakint

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