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Q (play /ˈkjuː/; named cue)[1] is the seventeenth letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.

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History

The Semitic sound value of Qôp (perhaps originally qaw, "cord of wool", and possibly based on an Egyptian hieroglyph) was /q/ (voiceless uvular plosive), a sound common to Semitic languages, but not found in English or most Indo-European ones. In Greek, |title=New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin |first=Andrew L.


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The Etruscans used Q only in conjunction with V to represent /kʷ/

Usage of the Letter Q

In most modern western languages written in Latin script, such as in Romance and Germanic languages, ‹q› appears almost exclusively in the digraph ‹qu› (e.g. quick, quit, quack), though see Q without U.

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