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My uncle was a linotype operator and he explained the meaning of "mind your p's and q's' to me. Type has to be set backwards because the printed image comes out in reverse. So the piece of type to print a p is a backwards p, which looks like a q. Typesetters had to pick the piece of type which looks like a q in order to print a p, not the piece of type which actually looks like a p but which is really a backwards q. Hence, mind your p's and q's.
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