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Out of curiosity...

If FAQ is pronounced 'fack' and queen is pronounced 'kween', does the 'kw' sound of the letter Q come from the following U?

And if so, should QANTAS really be pronounced cunt-arse?


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Nov. 12th, 2003 05:27 pm (UTC)
No and yes, but for different reasons.
Nov. 12th, 2003 05:30 pm (UTC)
a question for the philosophers, obviously... ;)
Nov. 12th, 2003 07:06 pm (UTC)
Well, as an acronym, it occures to me that the Q would possess the same spoken qualities as it does in the word it was drawn form (ie Queensland)... however, I think I shall still call it

*whispered, just for becka and polly* cunt-arse...

from now on.
Nov. 12th, 2003 09:03 pm (UTC)
This made me giggle, not the least because of the thought of such words issuing from your lips.
...and the cherry blossoms, and stuff.:)
Nov. 12th, 2003 10:40 pm (UTC)
I've always pronounced it "cunt-us" myself.
Nov. 13th, 2003 11:54 pm (UTC)
It's obviously confusing everybody...
My dad came over from Germany and saw a Qantas ad and said "Hey, they changed their name! Didn't they used to be called 'qwantas'?"
Somebody should tell them that it's not right to name your company with a double-swear.
Just think of the poor receptionist answering phone calls!
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