Please

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English word indicating politeness
For other uses, see Please (disambiguation).
A polite notice on the side of a bus that reads "please pay as you enter". Despite the politeness of the phrase, paying is not optional.

Please is a word used in the English language to indicate politeness and respect while making a request. Derived from shortening the phrase "if you please" or "if it please(s) you", the term has taken on substantial nuance based on its intonation and the relationship between the persons between whom it is used. In much of the Western world, use of the word is considered proper etiquette, and parents and authority figures often imprint upon children the importance of saying "please" when asking for something from an early age, leading to the description of the term as "the magic word".