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  • I read this as pronounced as “kay” and now I’m super confused about the street name. Is it Q or K?

  • Que as in queue as in waiting too long for the doctor.

  • “Que Street” was in common use since at least 1906, according to a cursory newspaper search. It was used in real estate listings, business advertisements, and the occasional article when mentioning an address.

  • An excellent physician works in that office, BTW

  • Suspect it’s a legacy from when folks couldn’t easily differentiate an O from a Q, at first glance.

    • Though I suspect that ease of differentiation is/was the reason for this usage (you occasionally see “eye” street, as well) I’m not sure that people are any more or less able to differentiate the two letters today than in the legacy days.

      • +1. Although I could see how “I street” could be confused with “lower-case-L street” — not super convinced about the difference between “O” and “Q”.

        • Wait a few decades, and then you’ll get it. Eyesight gets worse with age, despite corrected vision that works well for most folks when younger. You will need reading glasses, and you still won’t be able to read small print.

      • Corrected vision was a luxury in the 19th century, and for a good part of the 20th..

  • Mug of Glop

    There are probably at least one or two addresses on Q (Que? Queue? Cue?) each block between Logan and Dupont that spell the street like this.

  • Why spell it “Que” and not “Qeue”? When I see “Que” I read it either “Keh” or “Ko-eh”

  • This place is nine blocks east of the “Kew Gardens” apartment block on Q St NW.

  • It is so as not to confuse Q with O when written in an address. For that reason, many offices in DC write Eye Street instead of I Street, since out of towners can read I as 1.

  • This is really quiet common, just like “Eye” instead of “I” Street. Not sure why this is thought to be fancy. It’s so there is no confusion if it is a “Q” or an “O”.

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