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#1 2013-12-10 02:37:57

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1069

"q" for "queue"

We have seen “q” for “cue” mentioned here, but not “q” for “queue”—until now.

While on pilgrimage – do not try to jump the Q line – follow the line. … fe-one-day

Stumbling upon that one inspired me to do a Google search. I found close to four dozen examples, such as:

Prepare to know you could be standing in a q for more than 30mins.

it is expensive but can be a bit more of a day out than just standing in a q for hours on end. … fault.aspx

...I had problems collecting or rather not collecting a daily mirror free gift I was left standing in a q while some idiot went walkabout… … tocom=1250

@Zatchels #win #lfw needs a treat after standing in a q for silly Xbox game … 0:00%20UTC

Admittedly, in that last example, “q” could have been used on purpose as “textese”, given that it’s in a tweet. But it seems we may have an aggcorn here—if we’re willing to call something an eggcorn in a situation wherein the perp had no real meaning connection in mind but just wrote his/her misunderstanding down and assumed it must mean something relevant. The last I knew, the issue of whether or not to call such things eggcorns was still under discussion here.

I then decided to see if the q/queue confusion extended to “queue” in the sense of a Chinese guy’s braid. Googling “Chinaman’s q” yielded:

I guess it ’s custom, like the Chinaman’s Q. … 22&f=false

I think you are following Chinaman’s q (but that’s established already, right) and letting your own impulse dictate what you want to delete or not. … S:official
(This one seems actually to be a substitution of “q” for “cue”, with the Chinaman reference being merely coincidental.)

And, surprisingly, a Chinese heritage website has a whole page about the “Q”, on which they refer to the traditional braid by that term throughout:

I forget who it is here that’s keeping a list of eggcorns involving acronyms and single letters, but this may be another one for your list.



#2 2013-12-10 08:56:51

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2448

Re: "q" for "queue"

I forget who it is here that’s keeping a list of eggcorns involving acronyms and single letters,

That would be David B: … hp?id=5275

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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