P to Pagan Works of Art
P This letter is a rude outline of a man's mouth, the upright being the neck. In Hebrew it is called pe (the mouth).
P The five P's. William Oxberry was so called, because he was Printer, Poet, Publisher, Publican, and Player. (1784-1824.)
P [alliterative]. In 1548, Placentius, a Dominican monk, wrote a poem of 253 hexameter verses (called
Pugna Porcorum), every word of which begins with the letter p. It opens thus:-
Praise Paul's prize pig's prolific progeny.In English heroics the letter A or T would be far more easy, as they would give us articles.
P.C (patres conscripti). The Roman senate. The hundred senators appointed by Romulus were called simply patres; a second hundred added by Tatius, upon the union of the Sabines with the Romans, were called patres minorum gentium; a third hundred subsequently added by Tarquinius Priscus were termed patres conscripti, an expression applied to a fourth and fifth hundred conscribed to the original patres or senators. Latterly the term was applied to the whole body.
P., P.P., P.P.P (in music). P = piano, pp = pianissimo, and ppp = pianississimo. Sometimes pp means
più piano (more softly).
P.P.C (pour prendre congé). For leave-taking; sometimes written on the address cards of persons about to leave a locality when they pay their farewell visits. In English, paid parting call.
P.S (post-scriptum). Written afterwards- i.e. after the letter or book was finished. (Latin.)
P's and Q's Mind your P's and Q's. Be very circumspect in your behaviour.
Pabana (The) or Peacock Dance. A grave and stately Spanish dance, so called from the manner in which the lady held up her skirt during the performance.
Pacific Ocean (The). So called by Magellan, because he enjoyed calm weather and a placid sea when
he sailed across it. All the more striking after the stormy and tempestuous passage of the adjoining
Packing a Jury Selecting persons on a jury whose verdict may be relied on from proclivity, far more than on evidence.
Pacolet A dwarf in the service of Lady Clerimond. He had a winged horse, which carried off Valentine,
Orson, and Clerimond from the dungeon of Ferragus to the palace of King Pepin, and afterwards carried
Valentine to the palace of Alexander, Emperor of Constantinople, his father. (Valentine and Orson.)
I fear neither shot nor arrow, nor any horse how swift soever he may be, not though he could outstrip the Pegasus of Perseus or of Pacolet, being assured that I can make good my escape.
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