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"We used Paul to help us organise a wedding in Ronda for my English daughter and Scottish son-in-law. It was a very tricky matter, because it is not normal for foreigners to marry in the town. Nevertheless, we persevered and Paul did all the interpreting, talking to officials and making phone calls on our behalf. Needless to say, the wedding went perfectly, with a large part of the thanks going to Paul."
Mary Jackson, Colwyn Bay, Wales, May 2006

Minding your P's and Q's PDF
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 00:00

In English pubs, ale was ordered in pints and quarts.... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the landlord would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down!'

It's where we get the phrase 'Mind your P's and Q's'

Similarly, in those days pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service.

This is where the phrase 'Wet your whistle' derivates.




Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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