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  • From Middle English plesen, plaisen, borrowed from Old French plaise, conjugated form of plaisir or plaire, from Latin placeo ("to please, to seem good"), from the Proto-Indo-European *plā-k- ("wide and flat"). Displaced native English queme ("to please, satisfy"), Middle English biluvien ("to please, delight"), Middle English liken ("to like, please"), Middle English lusten ("to be pleasing, delight").
  • Short for if you please, an intransitive, ergative form taken from if it pleases you which is a , which replaced pray.

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