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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.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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