Why is Q Always Followed by U?: Word-Perfect Answers to the Most Asked Questions About Language by Michael QuinionThis book is probably only of interest to other word-nerds like me, who find it fascinating to learn where the many common sayings we all use came from and how they developed into common use. But I did find it fun.
If youve ever wondered things like: whats meant by: the elephant in the room, where the term Hullaballoo came from, when and how the term lobbyist entered the vernacular, the origins of mad as a hatter [Hint: its NOT because of Alices adventures!], was there a real Mickey Finn who inspired the knockout drops that bear his name, or why we nit-pick, then this is the book for you!
The author, who is a large contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary, and also runs his own language website, makes it his business to hunt down origins, competing usages, and the many great stories behind these words and phrases.
The book is organized in alphabetical order, listing the terms and phrases he receives the most inquiries about and explaining their origins. He has plenty of interesting stories to go along with the various terms, and this is a fun and easy read, which is recommended if you are a bit of a geek about language, or, if youve just always wondered where the terms right as rain or three sheets to the wind came from.
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In English , the letter Q is usually followed by the letter U , but there are some exceptions. The majority of these are anglicised from Arabic , Chinese , Hebrew , Inuktitut , or other languages which do not use the English alphabet , with Q representing a sound not found in English. Of the 71 words in this list, 67 are nouns, and most would generally be considered loanwords ;  the only modern-English words that contain Q not followed by U and are not borrowed from another language are qiana , QWERTY , and tranq. However, all of the loanwords on this list are considered to be naturalised in English according to at least one major dictionary see References , often because they refer to concepts or societal roles that do not have an accurate equivalent in English. For words to appear here, they must appear in their own entry in a dictionary; words which occur only as part of a longer phrase are not included.
The same can be said for two letters of the English alphabet: Q and U.
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This article has been mentioned by a media organization :. The variant "souq" has been been added at some point during the recent editing spree, apparently with no additional supporting reference beyond what was originally given for "suq". Does anyone know whether "souq" was actually found in a dictionary, or did it creep in in error? Matt , 11 January UTC. Gentlemen, I think we have resolved the qt dilemma, although mainly through fortune, and the question of how to handle words like this in general remains. Nevertheless, here's the Longman entry:. This must be the thirtieth time I've read this entry, but earlier on I was reading the introduction to this dictionary it's lengthy and quite dull, but I was trying to find out what its etymology abbrevations meant.
Or that Liberace cried his way to the bank so many times people think he coined the phrase? That cloud nine started out as cloud seven in 30s America? And that the first person to have their thunder stolen was a dismal playwright from Drury Lane? Why is Q Always Followed by U? There are plenty of colourful tales out there, but Michael Quinion will help you discover the truth that lies behind the cock-and-bull stories.