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/
Some famous people that have written about the letter Q include Wylie, Noah, and their mother Lauren All the authors mentioned have written essay about the letter Q. Wylie and Lauren both wrote essays called, "The Q Snow Day" Noah wrote an essay called, "My Snow Day With 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.
In Kiowa, ‹q› represents a glottalized velar plosive, /kʼ/.
The lowercase Q is usually seen as a lowercase O with a descender (i.e., downward vertical tail) extending from the right side of the bowl, with or without a swash (i.e., flourish). The lowercase Q's descender is usually typed without a swash due to the major style difference typically seen between the descenders of the lowercase G (a loop) and lowercase Q (vertical). The descender of the lowercase Q is sometimes handwritten finishing with a rightward swash to distinguish from the leftward facing curved descender on the lowercase G.
The EBCDIC code for capital Q is 216 and for lowercase q is 152.
Letter Q with diacritics
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