What does the "P" & "Q" stand for in "mind your p's and q's?
- Caiman94941Lv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
tradition says that this phrase come from th printing industry,
back when individual type was loaded in by hand, it was
really easy to confuse the lower case p and q, and since
the type was loades in a reverse formation, the words
running from right to left and the letters would read
backwards to the person setting the type, it would be really
easy to mix up the p"s and q"s. So the expression remains
in use implying that one whould be attentive to details....
- 1 decade ago
the p's and the q's stand for "please and thankyou"