please

[14] Please is at the centre of a small family of English words that go back to Latin placēre ‘please’ (a derivative of the same base as produced plācāre ‘calm, appease’, source of English implacable [16] and placate [17]). pleat 382 Related English words that started life in Latin include complacent, placebo, and placid [17]. It reached English via Old French plaisir, and other derivatives picked up via Old French or Anglo-Norman are plea, plead, pleasant [14], and pleasure [14] (originally a noun use of the verb plaisir). => COMPLACENT, IMPLACABLE, PLACATE, PLACEBO, PLACID, PLEA, PLEAD, PLEASANT, PLEASURE
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   The word goes back through Old French plaisir to Latin placere, 'to please,' itself from the base of placidus, 'placid,' and placare, 'to placate.' The use of please in 'yes please' and 'please hurry,' for example, is short for the earlier phrase please you, meaning 'may it please you' (though it is now taken as short for 'if you please').

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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