Post by Quinn C Post by Dingbat Post by Eric Walker
Simplify: In English, the letter Q is normally but not
inevitably followed by a U.
That's better than my rewording; thanks.
I don't think it's necessary to bring destiny into it.
"Qantas" is an unusual case: the "u" is not silent, but invisible. It
speaks to the routine expectations of anglophones, perhaps.
The 'u' is pronounced, even if not written, because the 'Q' stands for
"Queensland". Qantas is no longer a Queensland company, as far as I
know, but it was historically.
I have just learnt that Qantas has registered the domain name
quantas.com, apparently because the spelling checker in MS-Word kept
inserting the 'u'. I don't have easy access to MS-Word to see whether
this is still true.
 Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service. That's a use of
"aerial" that has, I think, since disappeared from the language.
Peter Moylan http://www.pmoylan.org
Newcastle, NSW, Australia