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The reason we use "qu" relates to Latin, but also to the Norman French, who conquered England in 1066. In addition to ruling the land, they also changed the spelling of English to suit them better. Previously, "kw" sounds were not spelled with "qu"; in fact, most of them were actually spelled "cw". (For example, the word queen was often spelled "cwén"). Since the letter "w" is essentially an invention of the Germanic language speakers, the Normans found it confusing and barbaric. In addition, though, many words with "qu" are loan words from French or Latin anyway, so the spelling was inherited along with it. Also, it's worth mentioning that even within English, "qu" represents many different sounds; for example "kw", "k" (as in plaque), etc.

As for why q is always written with a u in Latin itself, I'm not exactly sure. The "u" part is actually the easiest to understand, as its pronunciation approximates the glide sound that "w" represents in the "kw" cluster. What's harder to understand is why Latin chose to have 2 separate symbols for the "k" sound (the other is c; they never used "k"). It's also amusing that English adopted all 3 symbols (q, c, and k). One of those accidents of history, I guess.

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