The Letter Q:



Qa (Ԛ ԛ; italics: Ԛ ԛ) is a letter of the Cyrillic script. Its form is based on the Latin letter Q (Q q). Depending on the font, the uppercase form can look like a reversed Latin letter P.

Scrabble players are acutely aware that Q is a tricky letter. To use a Q in the game, a player must also find an available U. The fact that Q is the second most rarely used letter in the alphabet certainly doesn’t make using Q any easier.

Let’s quest towards resolving the questions of quarrelsome Q, the 17th letter in the alphabet.

In English QU is always used as a digraph (a pair of letters representing a single speech sound) for the sound /kw/ (a voiceless labiovelar stop). Q’s pairing with U is a Latin invention that has its origin in Greek. The letter Koppa, which Q is based on, would appear before a rounded vowel where otherwise a sound like /k/ or /g/ would be used. But a few other letters, like C, also designated the same sound but in different letter combinations. As C gradually came to represent more and more of these instances, Q became primarily dependent on U to express any sound at all. This is quite a quibble for a full-fledged member of the Latin (now English) alphabet.


















2 thoughts on “project 1: letter

  1. I can’t really tell the final design of white space form is a positive shape or a negative shape. I think that it achieved the concept of the project. I can’t notice what alphabet letter is at the first time but I look at that carefully, took a few minutes to guess, and then I finally noticed the letter Q. It looks different visual idea to compare with mine. The thinest curves are more sophisticate than thick curves. She did work so clearly labeled and easy to see it. I like her work very much!!

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