|Portrayed by the actor John de Lancie|
I love this character best of all the star trek characters and I have been a star trek fan since the original series. Q is quixotic and the quintessential 'wild card' character. He is the ultimate trickster. I admire a writer who can take this kind of character and really expand a story with it. The trickster is often given only a minor showing in most stories so I love that Q is a fan favourite.
There are a whole lot of words with a Q not followed by a U- important to know in scrabble. I didn't know there where that many.
There are apparently 71 words currently in use, 67 are nouns, and most are considered on loan from other languages (loanwords); the only modern English words that contain Q not followed by U and are not borrowed from another language are qiana(silky nylon fibre), qwerty(most common keyboard layout), tranq(common shortening for tranquiliser so kind of a cheat). The majority of these are anglicised(translated for English speakers) from Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew and Inuktitut, or other languages which do not use the English alphabet so Q represents a sound not found in English. There are of course many many place names and personal names, mostly
originating from Arabic-speaking countries, Albania, or China, that have
a Q without a U and as global movement of people and words grows these too will come into common usage.
Q is a fictional character in the James Bond films and film novelisations. Q standing for Quartermaster and a quartermaster is someone who is either an individual soldier or a unit who specializes in distributing supplies and provisions to troops. or in naval terms is responsible for the ship's navigation and the maintenance of nautical charts and maps.
Allan QuatermainAllan Quatermain is the protagonist of H. Rider Haggard's 1885 novel King Solomon's Mines and its various prequels and sequels. Definitely a precursor to Indiana Jones and the ilk.