Thursday, May 05, 2005

Dubious Etymology: Ps & Qs

Near the end of the etymological claims my friend forwarded me, is this:
At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint-and quart-sized containers. A bar maid’s job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in “pints” and who was drinking in “quarts,” hence the term “minding your ‘P’s and Q’s”.
While this is possible, it looks like it's just speculation. No one seems to sure. It and other possibilities are mentioned here, here, and here.


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