The letter “Q” is undoubtedly one of the most puzzling letters in the English alphabet. Not only does it have one of the highest values in Scrabble, but it almost always appears with the letter “U”.
Now why is that?
The English Qu is used as a digraph, which is a pair of letters that represents a single speech sound. It was based on the Greek letter Koppa, but has since fallen out of use with the use of letters like “C” and “K”. However, for some words that have a “U” sound afterwards, “Q” was retained.
Let’s take a look at some quant little words that begin with this perplexing letter.
You might notice that the last word in the list is the only one wherein “U” doesn’t come after “Q”. That shows the evolution of this letter alongside modern technology as this refers to the QWERTY keyboard!