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.

12 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.

  2. KingKritiKal

    I never knew I just came up with my owns meaning mind your PS n Q’s meaning in every interaction or situation throughout the day thru experience I have developed a set of Paranoia Questions to test the integrity of all situations relationships or interactions that you deal with on a day to day basis so I know if I would like to trust or even indulge myself into the information given by interactions or situations faced …..

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