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Mind your Ps and Qs

Posted by Glennon Kiernan-Lahti on 30/12/16 09:20

My New Year’s resolutions take the usual form of promising to go to the gym, or to watch what I eat, or to be ridiculously positive in my outlook on life. But, for this new year I’m planning on another form of mindfulness -  minding my Ps and Qs.

Mind your Ps and Qs is an old expression in English that means to mind your manners, or to be on your best behaviour in the company of other people. And it’s usually thought of as a reminder to be careful with the way you speak.

MINDFULNESS IN THE WORKPLACE

So, if for example your auntie was heading off to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen (the lady, not the rock band), someone might call out, “Mind your Ps and Qs, dear”, as she was being waved out the door. The good advice being don’t drop your aitches, don’t slur your words, say “Really?”, not “What?”; in other words, talk posh.

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Topics: Cultural differences, Communication, Working life, Politeness

Holiday Greetings

Posted by Brian McMillan on 02/12/16 08:13

It’s that time of year again when tradition, religion, culture and political correctness have us all, native and non-native users of English, wondering what to say or to write when greeting friends, colleagues, employees or customers.

Our goal is to simply pass along the good spirit, feelings of joy and well-wishes for the season and the coming year ahead. “Simply?” If only this was possible without stepping on someone’s religious, political, cultural or political toes.

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Topics: Communication, Learning English, Small Talk, Politeness

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