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The Quick 10: 10 "Q" Words That Aren't "q-u" Words

Stacy Conradt
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I have been playing a lot of Bookworm lately. Like, a lot of Bookworm. I run down my cell phone battery playing Bookworm. It's kind of a sick addiction. In case you haven't played, it's sort of like Scrabble with no letter limit and a sense of urgency. You have to spell things out with tiles pre-arranged on a board, and sometimes you get flaming tiles that will end the game for you if you don't use them fast enough. The problem? Bookworm dumbs down "Q." Instead of giving you just the letter Q, it gives you a tile marked "Qu." Sure, that's because in the English language, most letter Qs are immediately trailed by a U, but not always. Here are 10 exceptions to the Q-U rule. Memorize them! They may help you on Jeopardy! or in Scrabble.

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Any other examples? I'm always looking to expand my vocabulary!

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