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.)


At dinnertime:
Q: Foodp?
A: Yeah, I'm pretty hungry. or T!

At any time:
Q: State-of-the-world-P?
A: (Straight) I'm about to go home.
A: (Humorous) Yes, the world has a state.

On the phone to Florida:
Q: State-p Florida?
A: Been reading JARGON.TXT again, 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]