So here I am, with yet another simple question, something that remains unanswered for a long time. I've searched Google for a word that doesn't follow the rule-of-thumb that a 'U' always follows a 'Q' in any English word. Google showed me a few words, but they aren't English words. Anybody know any examples that disobey this elementary rule ?

Wikipedia gave me a list of very weird and uncommon words that can be used as examples. But most of these are Anglicized from foreign languages and hardly ever used.

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    Qwerty is a common English word. It is also (along with others) mentioned in the Wikipedia article. The first thing most people here are going to do in trying to answer your question is either is go to Wikipedia or do a Web search for something like English words with q not followed by u, which is something you could do. – user20792 Dec 9 '15 at 18:44
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    Qi isn't actually that rare, but it's often spelled chi in English. – snailcar Dec 9 '15 at 18:48
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    Is 'qwerty' a word ? Its a keyboard layout right ? Can we use it in a sentence ? Is it correct ? – Varun Nair Dec 9 '15 at 18:49
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    Qwerty is a word. See the definition and example sentences in the Oxford Dictionary. – user20792 Dec 9 '15 at 18:51
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    @VarunKN Yep, the English word qi, chi borrowed from Mandarin 气 qì. I'm just commenting because you said they were hardly ever used, but I hear this one pretty often. – snailcar Dec 9 '15 at 18:53

To quote the Wikipedia article you cite:

the only modern-English words that contain Q not followed by U and are not borrowed from another language are qiana, qwerty, and tranq.

To me, tranq doesn't violate the norm because the q comes at the end of the word.

The same Wikipedia entry mentions many loan words, and it explicitly states that all of them are found in at least one dictionary of English, thus recognizing them as part of the English lexicon, that is, as English words.

The word qi, also spelled chi, is included in the Oxford dictionary, as is the non loan word qwerty.

In general the information in the Wikipedia article seems trustworthy (this is not always the case).

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    IMO, all of those are kind of fake examples. Qiana is a proper name, qwerty is a random string of letters that luckily happens to be pronounceable and only exists because of a historical accident, and tranq is only spelled that way because it's a shortening of tranquilizer, which does adhere to the rule. – stangdon Dec 9 '15 at 19:15
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    All of that is true, @stangdon, but how does that make them 'fake'? – snailcar Dec 9 '15 at 19:21
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    I'm saying that they aren't very useful or meaningful as examples of "English words" except maybe in the trivia game sense. I mean, I could create something and name it "QQqQ*zGHb" but does that mean that "English words can have random capitalization, the same letter repeated four times, asterisks, and no vowels"? Likewise, "qwerty" means absolutely nothing beyond self-reference. – stangdon Dec 9 '15 at 19:49
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    "…a random string of letters that luckily happens to be pronounceable and only exists because of a historical accident" - isn't that the definition of every word? – Greenstone Walker Dec 10 '15 at 1:06
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    I would add that qwerty has become a word because it is the name of the mostly widely used Latin character keyboard layout. FYI, qwerty is not completely random, it was designed by Shoes when he built the qwerty layout. The phase "qwerty keyboard" is common has a well defined meaning. This is how many words are created. Radar, scuba, laser are all invented words that are combinations of letters which have become common words. – Walter Dec 10 '15 at 1:35

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