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.
By SailingQuiz November 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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