LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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"mind your p's and q's"
Apparently this came from British bars ("pubs") and refers to pints and quarts. As I recall, the bars/pubs had to close at a certain hour, and the bartenders would say "Mind your p's and q's" to remind customers of the hour, to give them a chance to buy another drink before the bar/pub closed.
is it sth parents tell their young ones when they are visiting sbd?
Certainly. Today it means "to be on one's best behavior, to be careful, etc."
would it be: "nao se esqueça de dizer por favor e obrigado"?
Sure. But it's not limited to children. It's said to adults too.
"Please + thanK you"
is it still used nowadays?
does anybody know any other sentences for the little ones, like:
1) "sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite"
2) Finders keepers, losers weepers"
A common bedtime prayer is:
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take
I believe the prayer became widespread during a plague centuries ago. Think about the prayer. The poor kid goes to sleep thinking about dying in his sleep!
A "ladybug" is a bichinho, um insetinho. It's very small and harmless. You find them wherever there is a garden. We'd put a ladybug on our finger and say to it:
Fly along home
Your house is on fire
And your children are all alone
what do chidren say when playing hide-and-seek for instance?
Count to one hundred and don't open your eyes!
Tag, you're it! (I touched you, and now it's your turn.)
No fair! You were peeking! I'm going to tell my mother on you! You brat!
Watch out! He's behind you! Run! Don't let him catch/tag you!
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