Q: A Letter no LongerQ: A Letter no Longer
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Q was stripped of its status as a letter when linguists from around the world declared it "unnecessary," leaving just 25 letters in the Latin alphabet.
The glyph Q (pronounced "cue"), discovered in 1742 by Benjamin Franklin, has traditionally been the 17th letter of the alphabet. However, modern linguists have doubted its status as a letter for decades, noting that in virtually all cases, the arrangement "Cu" can replace "Qu" with no notable change. Serious debate over what constitutes a letter arose when a move to add æ to the alphabet was shot down, leading many of its proponents to argue that much of the same reasoning could be used against Q as well.
Fans of Q, such as those introduced to the character via its prominence in the James Bond films and the Star Trek series, are fighting the decision, as are many fans of the traditional "Alphabet Song," which includes Q. However, after all a