Mind your P's and Q's

What does "Mind your P's and Q's" mean?

Today it means: Mind your language.

sailors would sometimes be allowed to have credit in local taverns. Their drinks would be marked up a "P" for pints and "Q" for quarts (two pints). It was not un-known for sailors to get drunk and be over generous with their drinks and then finding their P's and Q's were more than expected. The Inn keeper might hint that the bill might no have been so high if he minded his P's and Q's.

See also: Grog  and: Groggy  and: Splice the mainbrace

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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