pound even started dating his letters from 1922 as “p s U,” for post scriptum Ulysses.
“[p]rosecutors would have to determine in which county conception had occurred before charges could be filed,” says NpR.
Yet American fiscal reformers—including the boldest of them, Republican Rep. paul Ryan—tend to steer clear of the p word.
p: (silence) (because I'm on the phone and cannot react to what is happening in front of her eyes) p: Mom?
Ajay p:The individual mandate isn't simply constitutional, but necessary for the appropriate function of health insurance.
There will be fried chicken for dinner and ice-cream—mixed, maybe, chocolate and vanella, and p'raps a streak of strawb'ry.
p'r'aps not, Mr. Ferdinand, but it's the nearest ever I got to it.
This young man was no other than the son of p——, though he bears another name.
p—— laid up with professional accident, and safe for a week or two.
I'm goin' up to the city to take a p'sition, and Mother'd be awful lonesome.
a rare letter in the initial position in Germanic, in part because by Grimm's Law PIE p- became Germanic f-; even with the early Latin borrowings in Old English, -p- takes up a little over 4 pages in J.R. Clark Hall's "Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary," compared to 31 pages for B and more than 36 for F. But it now is the third-most-common initial letter in the English vocabulary, and with C and S comprises nearly a third of the dictionary, a testimony to the flood of words that have entered the language since 1066 from Latin, Greek, and French.
To mind one's Ps and Qs (1779), possibly is from confusion of these letters among children learning to write. Another theory traces it to old-time tavern-keepers tracking their patrons' bar tabs in pints and quarts. But cf. also to be P and Q (1610s), "to be excellent," a slang phrase said to derive from prime quality.
The symbol for the element phosphorus.
para- (often italic)
Symbol ρ The 17th letter of the Greek alphabet.
A highly reactive, poisonous nonmetallic element occurring naturally in phosphates, especially in the mineral apatite. It exists in white (or sometimes yellow), red, and black forms, and is an essential component of protoplasm. Phosphorus is used to make matches, fireworks, and fertilizers and to protect metal surfaces from corrosion. Atomic number 15; atomic weight 30.9738; melting point (white) 44.1°C; boiling point 280°C; specific gravity (white) 1.82; valence 3, 5. See Periodic Table.
Any of the various units of currency whose designations begin with ''p,'' such as the Mexican peso or the Vietnamese piastre (1966+)
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