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Can we get rid of "Q"?
When do we get liberated?

Posted on 02/05/2010 8:32:38 PM PST by When do we get liberated?

I want to remove a useless letter of the alphabet. Why is there a "Q"? Why does it have an unearned spot in the alphabet? The most useful letters of the alphabet are all front loaded. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP the slackers of the crowd are all stuck in the back as an afterthought, i.e. WXYZ. Where does the self rightous, 10 point Scrabble letter "Q" get off slipping into line before RSTUV? Did they know the bouncer? Notice Q's accomplice U garnered a cheap 1 point role in Scrabble to facilitate Q's infiltration into the language. If I have my way we will slam U with RICO charges for that. I will get to that lazy U later, he isn't pulling his weight and hides from the spotlight by shadowing Q and not doing any work, remaining silent, voting present if you will, in the lexicon. As my goal is to eliminate the vestigial letter lets forget for a moment its place. Why is it there? Many letters in the English language have differing pronunciation depending on how they are used. Why not Q's oh so willing accomplice U? The letter A has to cover a few pronunciation bases, as do many others. Why is U exempt from pulling it's weight? Quiznos, Queen, soliloquoy and any number of other words would sound the same in the written word, and cost less to produce in the printed word, without that loser the Q. Want proof Q is on thin ice? Look at the VIN number on any auto. Never there. NADA and SAE knew that guy was weak. U was the only guy that ever stood behind him and you never heard a word out of that dude. Lets speed the English language education of our young by 1/26th, lets free up millions of tons of printer ink in the next decade, let's simplify our language and get rid of this 17th alphabetic place poser for good.


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1 posted on 02/05/2010 8:32:38 PM PST by When do we get liberated?
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You need to lay off the sauce.


2 posted on 02/05/2010 8:34:10 PM PST by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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I want to know when we can get rid of ‘O’


3 posted on 02/05/2010 8:34:39 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (If you remove the first Amendment, we'll be forced to move on to the next one.)
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We need “Q” because it’s less fun to call Barney Frank a “Ueer”.


4 posted on 02/05/2010 8:36:11 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Bostonian conservative, atheist prolifer)
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To: krb

I live at the bottom of a slight hill in the south. We have had a couple hours of sleet and it has turned to ice with snow on top. My street never sees a snowplow until it melts. This is our 3rd weekend in a row with snow. Sauce sounds like a good answer at this point.


5 posted on 02/05/2010 8:37:58 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (STATE CONTROLLED ECONOMIES SUCK ! LONG LIVE AMERICA.)
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Whadja lose at Scrabble to yer nine year old niece?


6 posted on 02/05/2010 8:38:10 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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Maybe we really do need the metric alphabet. 10 letters.

I caught a big EFISH.

EF are joined. I think all the letters from J on down were lumped together.


7 posted on 02/05/2010 8:38:16 PM PST by edh (I need a better tagline)
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Where does the self rightous, 10 point Scrabble letter "Q" get off slipping into line before RSTUV?

That's a good Question.

8 posted on 02/05/2010 8:38:21 PM PST by StarFan
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9 posted on 02/05/2010 8:42:17 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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"I beg your pardon!"

10 posted on 02/05/2010 8:44:07 PM PST by Bratch
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http://www.procrastination.org/crap/q/ Q is the first letter on a computer keyboard (and therefore the first letter of the alphabet), and the most bizarre and ridiculous letter of the English language. It serves as comic relief in the stage performances of duo Q&A. Its shape and sound are embarrassing at best and patently obscene at worst. One who is cursed with a given name beginning with this vile pernicious letter is often justifiably ridiculed for life. Quentin Tarantino, for instance, was ridiculed so badly at Kindergarten that he took to directing as an escape. However, if your name happens to consist entirely of the letter Q, you will almost certanly become an omnipotent and omniscient being who is destined for great things, such as wandering around bothering bald starship captains, or handing out cool secret agent gadgets that are then destroyed or argue with the Continuum over the qualities of Qness. Many intelligent people believe the letter "Q" or letters "QU" or letteri "QUE" can be replaced by a simple "kw" instead of creating a useless character. Q is also an image of when the letter 'I' beats his wife 'O'. This can be shown as I stabbing O. Q, who enjoys taunting Mark Gottlieb and starship captains. Fortunately, Q is almost always buffered from contact with other letters by U, a little-used vowel of ill repute. This is a sure sign that the letter Q is a useless, co-dependent letter that is utterly incapable of doing anything on its own. The extremely rare "naked Q" (that is, without its protective U) is the ultimate lexigraphical abomination, and is for the most part limited to foreign pagan languages, and names of weird unchristian countries, like Qatar which no Godfearing red-blooded patriotic American would be caught dead in. Q is thought, by some people, to be a deformed relative of O. Others believe, for obvious reasons, that O is female and Q is male. Most people, however, believe that these people are either idiots or Time Lords, and should be burned at the stake while being forced to eat their own guts. Q is the reason for the Bush Administration entering Iraq, as it is the connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda.

11 posted on 02/05/2010 8:44:28 PM PST by diverteach (D.C. has become Jonestown)
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You’ll need to ask ‘Q’ why we cant get rid of Q


12 posted on 02/05/2010 8:46:02 PM PST by valkyry1
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To: StarFan

Thats a good Uestion..


13 posted on 02/05/2010 8:46:22 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (STATE CONTROLLED ECONOMIES SUCK ! LONG LIVE AMERICA.)
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Hmmm...that would screw up the address where I work...Baghdad, Ira_.

Nope...doesn’t work for me.

Maybe you should ask Dan Quayle. Or Quagmire of Quahog on “Family Guy.”


14 posted on 02/05/2010 8:47:45 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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without “Q” ..... no one would be named Tamiqua


15 posted on 02/05/2010 8:48:08 PM PST by changeitback440
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Announcer: And now, Mr. Joseph Franklin of the U.S. Council of Standards and Measures.

Joseph Franklin: Thank you. Tonight I'd like to talk to you about how the new metric system of conversion will affect you. This is one in a series of public reeducation programs designed to make Americans aware of the metric conversion to take place in the next ten years. Most Americans already know that the measurement of miles will be discarded in favor of kilometers - a systme of measurement based on the unit of tens and already in use in most of the world. Few people, however, know about the new metric alphabet: the "Decibet"; "deci" from the Greek "ten", and "bet" from our own "alphabet". Let's take a look, shall we? [ holds up large poster of the Decibet ] Now, isn't that simple? Only ten letters. Twn fingers.. ten letters.

[ holds flip cards ]

Now, let's take a look at some specifics.

[ shows Card 1 ] A, B, C, and D: our first and most popular letters will remain the same.

[ shows Card 2 ] E and F, however, will be combined and graphically simplified to make one character.

[ shows Card 3 ] The groupings GHI, and..

[ shows Card 4 ] LMNO will be condensed to single letters. Incidentally, a boon to those who always had trouble pronouncing LMNO correctly.

[ shows Card 5 ] And finally, the so-called "trash letters", or P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z, will be condensed to this easily recognizable dark character.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten! Now, let's take a look at how this change will affect our daily speech habits.

[ shows card ] In the EF grouping addition, the word "eagle" would remain basically the same in character, but would be pronounced "efaglef". However, certain words previously beginning with the letter F, like..

[ shows xard ] .."fish", would be pronounced with an additional E sound: this, "efish". "I caught a big efish."

[ shows card ] "Goat" would remain "goat".

[ shows card ] "Hotel" will carry the G letter addition, but as in many words beginning with the GH sound, such as "Ghana", the G would remain silent; thus, "hotel". However, words beginning wih I..

[ shows card ] .. as in "industry", will be pronounced "gindustry". The meaning will remain the same. LMNO's grouping is similar.

[ shows card ] "Mucus" will be LMNOucus".

[ shows card ] "Light" would remain "light".

[ shows card ] And "open" would then ne "LMNOpen", as in, "Honey, would you LMNOpen the door?" Finally, the "trash letters", or the letters from P to Z, would then make a stop sign appear like this: [ holds up stop sign with unintelligble blotch on it ] So there you have it. We hope to eventually establish the Universal Metric Alphabet in America by 1979. Join me next time, when we explore the changes you'll be seeing in alphabet soup and spelling bee contest rules. But now, let's sing the old favorite, the childhood "Alphabet Song", as we will hear it in the future..

[ singing ] "A, B, C, D, EF.. GHI.. J, K, LMNO.. [ blotch ]"

[ fade out ] 

16 posted on 02/05/2010 8:49:08 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: When do we get liberated?
Have you ever considered prescription meds, as opposed to the “other stuff”?
17 posted on 02/05/2010 8:52:46 PM PST by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: dfwgator
Let's try that again: [ Music Open: bouncy Muzak rendition of "The Alphabet Song" ] Announcer: And now, Mr. Joseph Franklin of the U.S. Council of Standards and Measures.

Joseph Franklin: Thank you. Tonight I'd like to talk to you about how the new metric system of conversion will affect
you. This is one in a series of public reeducation programs designed to make Americans aware of the metric conversion to take place in the next ten years. Most Americans already know that the measurement of miles will be discarded in favor of kilometers - a systme of measurement based on the unit of tens and already in use in most of the world. Few people, however, know about the new metric alphabet: the "Decibet"; "deci" from the Greek "ten", and "bet" from our own "alphabet". Let's take a look, shall we? [ holds up large poster of the Decibet ] Now, isn't that simple? Only ten letters. Twn fingers.. ten letters.

[ holds flip cards ] Now, let's take a look at some specifics.

[ shows Card 1 ] A, B, C, and D: our first and most popular letters will remain the same. [ shows Card 2 ] E and F, however, will be combined and graphically simplified to make one character. [ shows Card 3 ] The groupings GHI, and.. [ shows Card 4 ] LMNO will be condensed to single letters. Incidentally, a boon to those who always had trouble pronouncing LMNO correctly. [ shows Card 5 ] And finally, the so-called "trash letters", or P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z, will be condensed to this easily recognizable dark character. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten! Now, let's take a look at how this change will affect our daily speech habits. [ shows card ] In the EF grouping addition, the word "eagle" would remain basically the same in character, but would be pronounced "efaglef". However, certain words previously beginning with the letter F, like.. [ shows xard ] .."fish", would be pronounced with an additional E sound: this, "efish". "I caught a big efish." [ shows card ] "Goat" would remain "goat". [ shows card ] "Hotel" will carry the G letter addition, but as in many words beginning with the GH sound, such as "Ghana", the G would remain silent; thus, "hotel". However, words beginning wih I.. [ shows card ] .. as in "industry", will be pronounced "gindustry". The meaning will remain the same. LMNO's grouping is similar. [ shows card ] "Mucus" will be LMNOucus". [ shows card ] "Light" would remain "light". [ shows card ] And "open" would then ne "LMNOpen", as in, "Honey, would you LMNOpen the door?" Finally, the "trash letters", or the letters from P to Z, would then make a stop sign appear like this: [ holds up stop sign with unintelligble blotch on it ] So there you have it. We hope to eventually establish the Universal Metric Alphabet in America by 1979. Join me next time, when we explore the changes you'll be seeing in alphabet soup and spelling bee contest rules. But now, let's sing the old favorite, the childhood "Alphabet Song", as we will hear it in the future.. [ singing ] "A, B, C, D, EF.. GHI.. J, K, LMNO.. [ blotch ]" [ fade out ]

18 posted on 02/05/2010 8:53:02 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: 50cal Smokepole

How about a Qualude


19 posted on 02/05/2010 8:54:26 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: al baby

Ouch!


20 posted on 02/05/2010 8:55:16 PM PST by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: Allegra

So say them exactly the same and spell them Dan Uayle, Uagmire and Family Guy.

your work address is derived from Arabic. Since Arabic spelling is in a different alphabet, one where there is no Q, all words are translated to English phonetically and your current address would be in Irak. That would seem to be closest to the Arabic “hirack” sound they make. The British decided to spell it that way and we dont use their gallon and there is no reason to accept their “Q” Hey aren’t they run by a Queen? they slipped that in there just to screw with me.


21 posted on 02/05/2010 8:55:46 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (STATE CONTROLLED ECONOMIES SUCK ! LONG LIVE AMERICA.)
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22 posted on 02/05/2010 8:56:06 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight
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You should quit quelling Q for awhile and take up aquaintance with apostrophe.


23 posted on 02/05/2010 8:58:20 PM PST by pa_dweller (Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves:... Isa 1:23)
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To: Allegra

Hi baby how ya doing i ran out of “ -tips” today


24 posted on 02/05/2010 8:59:59 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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Very intriguing thread here. Inquiring minds want to know.


25 posted on 02/05/2010 9:02:02 PM PST by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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And what would happen to Judi Dench then, eh? EH??


26 posted on 02/05/2010 9:13:58 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (I miss having a First LADY.)
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I’ll go along with you if you give me something in return....what’s that called again?


27 posted on 02/05/2010 9:16:03 PM PST by Defiant (The absence of bias appears to be bias to those who are biased.)
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Your quasi-serious quest to quash the use of the letter “Q” is grotesque.


28 posted on 02/05/2010 9:18:07 PM PST by SantosLHalper (I am the World that hides the Universal secret of All time.)
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BRAVO! It's about time someone exposed this fraud of a letter - that was a hilarious rant. But what about the second most useless letter in the English language?

What is the deal with "X"? Ok, so I just used it in my first sentence, but "X" still isn't pulling much weight (although secks just wouldn't be the same without it.)

29 posted on 02/05/2010 9:18:56 PM PST by Norman Greenbaum
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Notice Q's accomplice U garnered a cheap 1 point role in Scrabble to facilitate Q's infiltration into the language. If I have my way we will slam U with RICO charges for that.

ROFL

30 posted on 02/05/2010 9:21:12 PM PST by Norman Greenbaum
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The letter A has to cover a few pronunciation bases...

The letter "A" has at least six sounds in English, as it is spoken in California--Able, Apple, All, About, Any, Arrow.

31 posted on 02/05/2010 9:32:53 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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I was very thankful for Q and Z in the last Scrabble game I played, a couple of weeks ago. I drew both on my initial draw, but was able to use both in one of the toughest games I have ever played in. Without the 10 point Q and 10 point Z I would have been unable to squeak out a narrow victory.


32 posted on 02/05/2010 9:33:24 PM PST by Honest Liberty
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To: Defiant

Uid Pro Uo


33 posted on 02/05/2010 9:41:57 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (STATE CONTROLLED ECONOMIES SUCK ! LONG LIVE AMERICA.)
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To: SantosLHalper

U is working overtime....


34 posted on 02/05/2010 9:43:20 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (STATE CONTROLLED ECONOMIES SUCK ! LONG LIVE AMERICA.)
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English is a funny language, with somewhat ambiguous rules.

Spell “fish”? G H O T I, of course.


35 posted on 02/05/2010 9:44:14 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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Her Majesty The Queen is not amused.


36 posted on 02/05/2010 9:45:01 PM PST by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (Be strip-searched by scanners! Buy ObamaCare or go to jail! The Totalitarians are in charge!!)
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Uisp Cereal just wouldn't work.

37 posted on 02/05/2010 9:46:08 PM PST by dfwgator
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I live in AlbuQuerQue.....I need my “Q”s!


38 posted on 02/05/2010 9:47:45 PM PST by LatinaGOP
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Why? you could lose 2 Qs and a u...


39 posted on 02/05/2010 9:52:56 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (STATE CONTROLLED ECONOMIES SUCK ! LONG LIVE AMERICA.)
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I see the quips have quickened over your quibble with Q.


40 posted on 02/05/2010 9:53:52 PM PST by Redcitizen (Zot-choo!!)
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Their uixotic uest must be uestioned.


41 posted on 02/05/2010 9:56:59 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (STATE CONTROLLED ECONOMIES SUCK ! LONG LIVE AMERICA.)
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To: Honest Liberty

YYZ - it’s a nightmare!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3hJ5-ngUow


42 posted on 02/05/2010 10:04:15 PM PST by 21twelve (Having the Democrats in control is like a never-ending game of Calvin ball. (Giotto))
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I;m glad to see you have no qualms about querying quack Q&As.


43 posted on 02/05/2010 10:11:12 PM PST by Redcitizen (Zot-choo!!)
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Good Question. Or, in your world, “Gud Kweschiun.”


44 posted on 02/05/2010 10:42:06 PM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: Bratch

The kind of Q we need. I miss old Des.


45 posted on 02/06/2010 3:12:12 AM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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Reminds of that famous legal action between two letters of the greek alphabet - SIGMA VERSUS TAU... that was tried before a jury of Sigma’s peers... Sigma’s fellow consonants, that is... wherein Sigma alleged the trespasses of Tau into several of Sigma’s domains and provinces... as, for example, as was presented into evidence, with the greek word for SEA... formerly >thalaSSa<... yet, due to Tau’s recent trespass, revised to ‘thalaTTa<... banishment of Q from the alphabet would result in an immediate loss of employment for U, which could lead to a political alliance between W and K, C would get disputatious, and at the end of the day the lawyers would make out like bandits


46 posted on 02/06/2010 6:37:21 AM PST by Rust Buster
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Some people wouldn’t be able to laugh without that wonderful letter of the alphabet. I mean, their shoulders would still shake and all, but it just wouldn’t be the same without actually hearing them: “Q Q Q Q Q Q! (deep breath) Q Q Q Q!


47 posted on 02/06/2010 5:42:44 PM PST by arasina (So there.)
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