The phrase, If You Please, always reminds me of that scene in Shawshank Redemption where Heywood is talking to Andy Dufresne and Brooks Hadlin and he says, ‘All Andy needed was a suit and a tie and jiggly little hula gal on his desk and he would have been, Mr. dufresne, if you please.’
Although, this phrase can be a rude way of asking someone to do something as well. It can be taken as, I know you won’t do this unless I ask, so just do it. Has anyone else ever experienced this feeling when someone says, ‘if you could just do ________, if you please.’ Well, okay, what if I don’t please? What if I don’t want to do that, then what? Well, that won’t end up pleasing to anybody, will it. When you wife asks you to do the dishes, or take out the garbage, even if you don’t want to do it, it would Please her, so just do it. Helping your spouse is not an unreasonable request. It should be given freely.
So, I got to thinking with today’s word being Pleased, where did the phrase, If you please come from? It comes from the original English, If you please to do this. It is a nice way to request someone to do something. So ends our history lesson of the day.