Which Words Have "Q" Not Followed By "U"?

In the spelling of all standard English words, the letter q is followed by u. The Oxford Dictionary of English does contain various words in which q is not followed by u: all but one (QWERTY) have reached English from other languages:

  • niqab - a veil worn by some Muslim women
  • qanat - (in the Middle East) an irrigation channel
  • qawwal - a performer of qawwali
  • qawwali - Muslim devotional music
  • qibla - the direction towards Mecca
  • qigong - a Chinese system of physical exercises
  • qintar - a monetary unit of Albania
  • QWERTY - the standard layout of typewriters and keyboards
  • tariqa - the Sufi method of spiritual learning


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