Posted by: episystechpubs | May 22, 2012

Editor’s Corner: Any way you cut it, it’s charred meat.

Today’s tidbit is from Mignon Fogarty, also known as Grammar Girl (at

Is It OK to Abbreviate "Barbecue" as "BBQ"?

Is that party you’re planning a barbecue, barbeque, bar-b-que, bar-b-q, or BBQ?

The most accepted spelling of the word is "barbecue" because it most closely resembles the word from which it’s derived—"barbacòa." The shorter forms, such as "bar-b-q," are just abbreviations that play on the sounds from the syllables "be" (b) and "cue" (q).

Most sources say the Spanish adopted the word "barbacòa" from local populations they encountered in the Caribbean who used the word to describe the wooden frameworks they used to cook meat.

Kara Church | Senior Technical Editor

Symitar, A Jack Henry Company

8985 Balboa Ave. | San Diego, CA 92123

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