The letter P is a pretty important letter. Without it, we wouldn't have the adjective "pretty," for example. This is a letter that created some confusion in the alphabet world for a while: the Phoenecians, who created the pictorial alphabet after the old Egyptian hieroglyphics got confused, and actually had two letter P's.
One of them looked similar to the P we know now, but the other looked more like an upside down J.Then, when the Greeks modified the alphabet, they used the "P" letter to symbolize an "R" sound.
Fortunately, the Roman's came along and perfected both the shape and sound of the letter P we know today. Now, there are plentiful adjective that start with P that we use every day.
Adjectives That Start With P
There are lots of different adjectives that start with the letter P. In fact, some might say that P is a powerful letter used to make plenty of adjectives so it is prudent to know your Ps. It might be a pretty fun game in fact to try to name all of the adjectives that start with the letter P. For now, though, here is a list or 20 pleasant and positive adjectives that start with P.
- Passionate: Intense interest or enthusiam, easily angered
He was very passionate about science.
- Patient: Able to wait without complaining
The patient boy did not complain when the bus was late.
- Peaceful: Calm, restful, at peace
The beach is so peaceful.
- Perfect: Flawlwss, expert, complete
My mother thinks I'm perfect.
- Personable: Sociable, enjoys talking to people
The personable girl had lots of friends.
- Placid: Calm
There was no wind and the sea was placid.
- Playful: Lighthearted, fun
The playful boy ran to the swings.
- Pleasant: Enjoyable
I took a pleasant afternoon nap.
- Poignant: Keenly affecting the senses
The poignant movie made me cry.
- Polite: Having good manners
Polite requests receive more consideration.
- Popular: Being liked by many
The most popular girl won the class election.
- Precious: Important, valued highly
My wedding ring is very precious to me.
- Pretty: Attractive
I get very self-conscious around pretty people.
- Priceless: Too important to place a value on
Priceless art hangs in the museum.
- Proficient: Skilled at
The proficient scientist won the prize.
- Prominent: Well known
The prominent politician was elected for a second term.
- Proper: Correct, suitable
Proper behavior is essential to success.
- Prosperous: Wealthy, successful
The prosperous businessman drove a fancy sports car.
- Proud: Pleased with, showing pride
His proud parents were so happy to watch him graduate.
- Pure: Without faults, innocent
Dogs are pure at heart.
The letter P can be confusing, soundwise, because it doesn't always make one reliable sound. Maybe you've heard the joke about the little girl who really had to use the bathroom, but the teacher made her recite the alphabet first. She did, but made one little mistake - she said LMNOQ, leaving out the P. When the teacher asked, "where is the P?" the little girl said, "running down my leg." Get it?
That joke is a play on the fact that we call this letter "pee." However, when phonetically pronouncing the letter P in a word the sound it makes is more like "puh". To confuse the issue a little, when it is followed by an H the P can sound like an F (as in phone or phonics). Finally, the P sometimes is silent and has no sound at all (as in psychology or pneumonia).
How many more adjectives that start with P can you think of?
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