The -P Convention

Turning a word into a question by appending the syllable ‘P’; from the LISP convention of appending the letter ‘P’ to denote a predicate (a boolean-valued function). The question should expect a yes/no answer, though it needn't. (See T and NIL.)


Atdinnertime:
Q:“Foodp?
A:“Yeah,I'mprettyhungry.”or“T!

Atanytime:
Q:“State-of-the-world-P?
A:(Straight)“I'mabouttogohome.
A:(Humorous)“Yes,theworldhasastate.

OnthephonetoFlorida:
Q:“State-pFlorida?
A:“BeenreadingJARGON.TXTagain,eh?

[Once, when we were at a Chinese restaurant, Bill Gosper wanted to know whether someone would like to share with him a two-person-sized bowl of soup. His inquiry was: “Split-p soup?” — GLS]