Historical Word Trivia

Orlan Smith shares with us the origins and original meanings of words that may have fallen into disuse or have been redefined over time.


Mind your P’s and Q’s

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 phrase ‘minding your ‘P’s and ‘Q’s’.