P's and Q's, 1756...

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Apr 18 21:11:13 UTC 2009

At 4/18/2009 03:42 PM, Alison Murie wrote:
>Is it only old printers who think the phrase comes from the printshop?
>If you've ever distributed type into its case, you can easily believe

I can believe that, having been told so by my teacher when I learned
to set type in junior high school.  But who am I to say?  I'm 20th
century (an "old printer"?); the article I cited is 1836, and nearer
to the coiner's mouth!  :-)


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