PO

The Tagalog word
po is added to sentences in order to show respect to older people.

Salamat.
Thanks.

Salamat po.
Thank you.

Tuloy ka.
Enter.

Tuloy po kayo.
Please come in.

Ako.
Me.

Ako po.
Me, sir.

Oo.
Yes.

Opo.
Yes, respectfully.

 


Etymology?

It is said that po is a shortened form of Apò, which was a term of respect in the very olden days. It was like saying “My Lord” to royalty. (This is different and unrelated to modern word apó, which is accented differently and refers to a grandchild.)