John McWhorter on the letter P.

The Story of P

The Story of P

A show about the mysteries of English.
April 17 2018 1:35 PM

The Story of P

The 16th letter of our alphabet is a fancy little thing.

Lexicon Valley has moved! Find new episodes here.


Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 133:

Subscribe in iTunesRSS feed DownloadPlay in another tab
Slate Plus
members: Get your ad-free podcast feed.


John McWhorter discusses the surprisingly mercurial—and rather fancy—letter P.

You’ll find every Lexicon Valley episode at, or in the player below:

Send your thoughts about the show to