P & Q

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Apr 24 00:06:36 UTC 2009

At 7:54 PM -0400 4/23/09, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>At 4/23/2009 04:17 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>At 11:08 AM -0400 4/23/09, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>>1612 S. ROWLANDS Knaue of Harts (Hunterian Club) 20 Bring in a
>>>quart of Maligo, right true: And looke, you Rogue, that it be Pee and Kew.")
>>I like that "Pee and Kew", a.k.a. "Pee and Queue"--opens up a whole
>>nother range of etymythologies relating to proper behavior while
>>waiting in those interminable lines to use the facilities.
>"S. Rowlands" -- the pseudonym of some female attendee at an FA Cup
>match at Wembley?

Or her real name--a great-great*grandmother of the equally feisty
Gena Rowlands.

>But why isn't it "Queue and Pee"?  Or were the
>male fans too rowdy?
No, it was just reanalyzed later--someone thought the lines were
really much too long and slow, leading to "pee(s) in queue(s)".


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