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What does the "P" & "Q" stand for in "mind your p's and q's?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    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....

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  • 1 decade ago

    the p's and the q's stand for "please and thankyou"

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