Yesterday while at work, I made what I think is a very funny comment,
but no one else laughed. So I am going to inflict it on the people who bother to read this.
I was in a conference call with some clients and we were reviewing an excel spreadsheet.
My teammate asked a question to the client, “Do you have a status on item number 4?”
The reply: “I have updated it in columns P and Q.”
To which I replied, “You should be minding your P’s and Q’s.”
There was a half-chuckle from someone in the room with me and a bit of a giggle on the phone. I am still shocked no one else found it that amusing. I mean… it’s funny on multiple levels.
Allow me to explain.
Level 1: I was telling this lady that if she’d paid attention to the details then she would have seen the answer to her question without having to ask. This is funny because the phrase “Mind your Ps and Qs” means you should pay attention to details.
Level 2: If she had reviewed columns P and Q she wouldn’t have had to ask the question, so “Mind your Ps and Qs” meant to review those columns.
A fantastic joke.
5 thoughts on “P’s and Q’s”
In this context, it’s much funnier. Now I get it.
After mocking me about it all night?
There is always occasion to mock you.
An exhaustive look at the meaning of the phrase.
Obviously, this lady herself had the very common problem of not being able to laugh at herself. This is a sad thing. The others were probably not paying attention.That was a very funny comment!