The above is a versatile expression that can mean quite a few things; here goes, from good old Wikipedia (what in the world did we do before Wikipedia???)
· One source of "mind your Ps and Qs" comes from early printing presses . Printers placed individual letters on a frame to print a page of text. Those two letters were reversed, making it easy to mistake lowercase ps and qs in setting the type.Ok, p and q are mirror image letters, aren’t they?
Allright, i get it!
- Another origin comes from English pubs and taverns of the seventeenth century. Bartenders would keep a watch on the alcohol consumption of the patrons; keeping an eye on the Pints and Quarts that were consumed. As a reminder to the patrons, the bartender would recommend they "mind their Ps and Qs".
Isn’t that the best? I love learning about origins of expressions! But, that’s not it!!
· The one I like best is about minding your manners!! P’s rhymes with “Please” and Q’s rhymes with “Thank you’s”. and apparently, it has been an effective way of reminding children about Please and Thank you's! Whatever it takes, it’s worth it, I say !
I still remember to this day, from 34 years ago, waking up my 2 year-old little man at 10pm before I went to bed, to take him “potty” so the night would be dry. He followed me, did his thing, and as I tucked him back in to his warm blankies, he burped! So, the great mom that I am, I said… “What do you say?” and he answered: “Thank you”. I am still laughing to this day of how silly I had been and how wonderful he was and still is.
Signing off for tonight and working on tomorrow’s Part 2!