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- Subject: Re: Atonement
- From: Dorothy Africa <africa@LAW.HARVARD.EDU>
- Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 08:16:02 -0500
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Curious. I have heard that minding one's p's and q's came from a
French phase from court etiquette. In English , to mind one's feet and
ques referred to the need to retreat bowing, without stumbing or loosing
one's wig. I suppose any number of stories will emerge. As for type
sorting, I recall e's and c's being my most common source of confusion.
As for derogatory names, how about smudgers for printers, and, of
course, for bookbinders, hackers.