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How many English words contain Q not followed by U ?

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Excluding proper nouns, proper adjectives, and otherwise words beginning or including any capital letters, and excluding open and-or hyphenated compound words, and excluding words that contain non-alphabetic characters, the list can still be over 100 words. Following is a list of 112 such words:
burqa
burqas
coq
coqs
faqir
faqirs
inqilab
inqilabs
mbaqanga
mbaqangas
niqab
niqabs
q
qabala
qabalah
qabalahs
qabalas
qabalism
qabalisms
qabalist
qabalistic
qabalists
qabbalah
qabbalahs
qadi
qadis
qafiz
qafizes
qaid
qaids
qaimaqam
qaimaqams
qalamdan
qalamdans
qalandar
qalandars
qanat
qanats
qandilite
qandilites
qasida
qasidas
qat
qats
qawwal
qawwali
qawwalis
qawwals
qazf
qi
qibla
qiblas
qigong
qigongs
qilianshanite
qilianshanites
qilin
qilins
qin
qindar
qindarka
qindarkƫ
qindars
qingheiite
qinqheiites
qins
qintar
qintars
qipao
qipaos
qiran
qirans
qis
qitianlingite
qitianlingites
qiyas
qoph
qophs
qorma
qormas
qs
qt
qwerties
qwerty
qwertys
qwertz
qwertzes
qword
qwords
sheqalim
sheqel
sheqels
souq
souqs
suq
suqs
talaq
talaqs
tranq
tranqs
tsaddiq
tsaddiqim
tsaddiqs
tzaddiq
tzaddiqim
tzaddiqs
umiaq
umiaqs
waqf
waqfs
yaqona
yaqonas

(q, plural qs [also q's], is the letter "q"; yet, as all letters are recognized as words, it is also a word. [The name of a letter is generally more than the letter itself. For q, the name is spelled cue.]
qt is usually considered an abbreviation, but it is found in at least one English dictionary where it is considered a word derived from an abbreviation.)

In addition to the above, there are a few words  in the English language where the u does not immediately follow the q. (Already included in the above list are words where a u precedes the q at some point in the word):
qinqhaosu
qiviut
qiviuts
qwertyuoip
qwertyuoips


Obsolete English words are understandably excluded, yet I list a few that can be found in a 20th-century American English unabridged dictionary:
qwele (wheel)
qweseyn (cushion)
qwether (whether)
qwhat (what)
qwiche (which)


Note: Several of the words in the lists are not found in compiled word lists used in word games, such as Scrabble or Words with Friends. Nonetheless, they are English words found in modern English dictionaries.

Edited on March 18, 2015, 7:35 am
  Posted by Dej Mar on 2015-03-18 02:25:08

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