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English P words[edit]

native English words beginning with P. In other words, all English words beginning with P are from Latin (not necessarily via French.) Counter-examples?? Georgia guy 15:09, 21 May 2006 (UTC)

Depends entirely on what you count as a word. Continuing the toilet theme we have poo, which is 'probably from pooh'. The 'boat' meaning of pram is from Chech, which isn't exactly 'native' English, but there's not Latin involved, and I'm not sure what you mean by native anyway. In any case, there are countless counterexamples. --Dom 14:29, 19 September 2006 (UTC)
Pool. Also used in Old English. --Kjoonlee 04:13, 18 October 2009 (UTC)
Not to mention plot, plow, pot, prick, pride, pretty, puddle, puff, pull, pimple, plight, and so on. There are tons of P-words of native origin. Nohat 19:19, 27 December 2006 (UTC)
It has been a long time since this discussion, but why is this question interesting?? The answer is that many English words beginning with P are from Latin. In Latin, words derived from a Proto-Indo-European word starting with P remain P-words. In German, which Old English comes from, such words become F-words. Georgia guy (talk) 16:28, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

Pronunciation of the name of the Letter "P" in the IPA[edit]

this pronunciation of IPA in the International Phonetic Alphabet suggest that the name of the letter "P" is pronounced differently than what is shown in this article.--Greasysteve13 06:18, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
Nope, /pi/ and /piː/ are just as valid as [pʰiː]. The // slashes denote phonemic transcription, while the [] square brackets denote phonetic transcription. Phonetic transcription can describe the actual pronunciation very narrowly (using as much detail as is wanted), while phonemic transcription can be broad (using as little detail as is needed). --Kjoonlee 03:38, 18 October 2006 (UTC)


I've heard other English speakers (non-American) say the letter "p" as "plural". I was told it was similar to the difference in pronunciation of "z" as "zee" or "zed". Anybody know more about this? -- 18:25, 27 December 2006 (UTC)

wtf is up w/ the dragon[edit]

Why is there a picture of a dragon on this article, what the fuck does it have to do with the letter P. Anonymous MAR. 4, '07 1:12

Astronomy P stand for piss**[edit]

In the Astronomy section, it begins with this sentence:

"In astronomy, space

P stands for periodic (comet), as in 1P/Halley or 173P/Mueller."

Is the beginning of that statement "P stand for piss*" an error? It doesn't make any sense, and I can find no other reference that shows it has any relevance to astronomy. Someone else removed it before I could. Zanshin 09:49, 18 March 2007 (UTC)

Internet usage smiley :P[edit]

Denotes a smiley - emotion of poking out a tongue. Meaing person is being cheeky, playful or could mean wry.

It could also be considered lecherous depending upon the context in which its used as well. On the net and images

Tgkprog (talk) 18:02, 24 December 2008 (UTC)


Has anyone proposed a way of writing a P so that forgers can't turn it into an R?? Georgia guy (talk) 23:26, 13 January 2010 (UTC)

Unfinished sentence in History section[edit]

A sentence is unfinished in the history section of this article. I've looked through the history, but I cannot find whatever edit last modified that section. What was meant to be there, or is this vandalism? It doesn't appear to be.  Awesomeness  talk  20:38, 28 February 2010 (UTC)


Why doesn't this page have a history section? Every letter page has one. (talk) 22:59, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

It seems like it should be related to the Greek & Cyrillic pi/pe (Π π). The morphology is odd as it is easily confused with rho (Ρ ρ).--Keelec (talk) 10:20, 12 December 2010 (UTC)

Native English P words[edit]

I checked Wiktionary's PIE roots and found only one English word from Proto-Indo-European initial b (which is where a native p-word would come from.) This word is peg. Any comments?? Georgia guy (talk) 02:12, 1 February 2013 (UTC)