Mind your p’s and q’s

By Trevor Bryden

What does the phrase mind your p’s and q’s mean and where does it come from? Trevor Bryden’s latest cartoon illustrates the origin of this phrase.

6 thoughts on “Mind your p’s and q’s

  1. Donald V Desmond

    I’ve been told that the phrase reffered to pubs running a tab for their regulars and that the barkeep would keep a running record where P stood for pint and q for quart. So that minding your p’s and q’s meant that you kept track of how much you owed on your tab/ line of credit.

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