Another great bit of language history from the folks at Mental Floss (previous video here). In this short video, we find out why the letter Q is almost always paired with the letter U in the English language. The answer is, as is so often the case, “blame the French.”

Actually, that’s not fair, and as the origins of different sounds are traced, you can see just how far back things go.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.

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