Posted by Bruce Kahl on November 02, 2002
In Reply to: Mind your P's and Q's? posted by Anthony Brewer on November 02, 2002
: : "Mind your P's and Q's." Can someone please tell me what this means and where it originated? Thank you!
: This is the first time I have posted to a forum,
I'm so excited. LOL. Anyway.
: I have never read anything about this particular phrase, however, I always took it to mean, along with "behave properly", to also mean "be careful". Now I base this on my simple dedution that "p" and "q" are mirror images of each other "pq", thus "be careful" not to mix them up.
: I could be wrong (it would be my second time, LOL)but it always made sense to me.
: Thx for your time. Tony
Welcome to the Board, Tony! And please come back and
Yes, it means "be careful" and some people claim it is from the printing industry---a warning to a trainee to watch out when handling the letters "p" and "q" since they could easily be interchanged.