Is it OK to abbreviate barbecue as BBQ, or is it silly and wrong?
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.
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