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  • Dupes

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

    • logandude

      It’s Q Street.

      • jdre

        Unless you speak Spanish, in which case you’re gonna be frustrated.

    • FridayGirl

      Me too! Hahahaha!

    • ***

      Exactly how I read it too! “that street NW?” “who street NW?” K St?

  • Sue

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

    • I used to go to this clinic and can attest this was certainly the case!

      • Aw, yes there are long waits but I love Dr. Ang!

        • DCReggae

          +1 Dr. Ang is the best.

        • I never saw Dr. Ang. but hear only good things. Dr. Medley was my physician there, before she left to start her own practice.

          • DCReggae

            On their website, it says Dr. Medley is back at Que St.

  • Charles

    “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.

    • TJ

      It is 2016 now – 110 years of progress leaves us at Q

  • ChaddieMack

    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.

    • Irving Streete

      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.

      • FridayGirl

        +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”.

        • anon

          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.

  • Hill Denizen

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

  • Sydney

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

  • bruno

    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.

  • Que Street

    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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