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Where did the saying " watch your p's & q's come from .

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In the early days of printing the type was kept in two cases above the layout table. The capital letters were kept in the upper case and the smaller letters were kept in the lower case.

In the lower case the p's and q's were side by side and they looked so similar (one was the reverse of the other) that it was easy to pick up the wrong one by mistake. So the advice given to typesetters was to "watch your p's and q's".

Nowadays, of course, it just means that we should pay attention to detail.

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Of all the answers this is the only one that is correct.
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Thanks, dude.
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Dozy always has his facts straight:)
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Altho I like the Irish bar ans better and will probably use it if someone asks me. :)
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According to my research, I have found that there are numerous different hypotheses or theories that try to define the origin of the phrase, nevertheless there is no specific evidence as to which is correct. The early printing presses and English pubs and taverns of the ancient times are some of the places where this phrase originated.

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Irish bars they used to say mind ur pints and quarts cuz thts how u used to order beer

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My b mine is for mind ur ps and qs lol
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Long time ago in bars the owner used to keep score of how much people owed him on a board he wrote how many pints and quarts were owed to him by people, thus the saying means mind your pints (p's) and quarts (q's) as to how much you owe the bar owner

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my aunt thelma, probably!...

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Everybody should have an Aunt Thelma ;-)
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not THIS aunt thelma!...
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In English pubs people would order beer in pints and quarts so when someone would warn someone not to drink too much they would say mind your p's and q's. Like watch how many pints and quarts you drink

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17th century it means pints and quarts

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