According to this “Oddly Enough” Reuters story,
|A Turkish court fined 20 people for using the letters Q and W on placards at a Kurdish new year celebration, under a law banning characters not used in the Turkish alphabet, rights campaigners said on Tuesday.|
|The court in the southeastern city of Siirt fined each of the 20 people 100 new lira for holding up the placards, written in Kurdish, at the event last year. The letters Q and W do not exist in the Turkish alphabet, but are used in Kurdish.|
Quick, Walid! Bring the eraser and whiteout!
Apparently, however, the law is not uniformly enforced:
|Many shops and companies in Turkey have names, signs and advertising using the letters Q, W and X which are not used in Turkish, in apparent violation of the 1928 law, but have not been prosecuted.|
So if you’re Kurdish, you’d better watch your
P’s W’s and Q’s.