Pat Shingleton for Feb. 2, 2013

In the “early” days, taverns and public houses or pubs provided food and drink and shelter from inclement weather. As noted in a previous column, libations were originally a convenient means of combating the chill and a “wee nip” could break the bone-chilling cold. For politicians, a journey was tedious and they would order their assistants to gauge opinions of their constituents. They were instructed to “quaff ale” and hear the people’s political concerns. When they would “go sip here” and “go sip there” the two words were combined, forming the term “gossip.” Ale would be served in pints and quarts. A bar maid needed to be diligent as to which patrons were drinking a pint or a quart. This duty resulted in the phrase, “minding your ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s.”

Fastcast: Perfect.

ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION:

TODAY: A Beauty (Sunny Icon) 69/48

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MONDAY: More Clouds (Partly Cloudy Icon) 69/51

TUESDAY: Some Showers (Scattered Showers Icon) 71/50

WEDNESDAY: Clearing (Partly Cloudy Icon) 70/48

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