That’s quite right: the least used letter in the English language has to be “Q“. Not only that, but most words beginning with the letter “q” are always followed by a “u“, unless they are of foreign origin (mainly arabic). These element make this letter quite unique in the alphabet and researches have proved it to be true, as they elected it as the “least used letter in the English language“.
Let’s then, with no further qualm, try to find a way to help it get equality over the other letters in the alphabet. One of the given reasons is that this letter often turns out to be unnecessary, as its sound is quasi similar to “K” or “C“. If there is one way to improve the frequency of this letter in the alphabet, it lies in the contractile action of the newest forms of technology. Think of the word “barbecue” and how people ended up spelling “BBQ“, but is this enough? It’s a bit like cheating and this does indeed quash any good intention of a pro-Q plan.
This letter is mostly found in modern European languages written in Latin alphabet, more precisely Romance languages like Spanish, French or Italian, all of which enjoy way more than an acquaintance with Latin. The truth of the matter is: would we really miss something if “Q” were to be suddenly declared illegal and everyone had to use “K” in its place? Afterall, “K” is its closest relative and bears very little differences from “Q“. Sure, it would look a bit weird to see words like “Kuestion” or “Kueen“, mostly because pronunciation would require you to also change the “U” to a “W” (leading to the even queerer looking “Kwestion” and “Kween“).
You are now well enough equipped to start defending the place of “Q” in the alphabet and to fight its probable extinction over the decades and the centuries ahead. Forgive me for this sort of silly blog post, but one way or another we’re sure to have stimulated your mind and surely next time you’ll see that letter you’ll probably think about all these attached thoughts it now bears. The Bright Old Oak has tried to make up for this not so equal situation by managing to put a “q” in each sentence of this blog post. That was quite an achievement, wasn’t it?