Date: Mon, 7 Apr 1997 00:43:42 -0600 From: Greg Pulliam Subject: tipping There was a syndicated story from the Houston Chronicle in Sunday's Chicago Tribune or Sun-Times (I can find out for sure if anyone really needs to know) in which the writer noted that the term "tip" as in "tipping a waiter" came from an English inn several hundred years ago, where the innkeeper put out a box for money labelled "To Insure Promptness"--"T.I.P." The reporter simply gave this as the accepted etymology of the term, but it sounds mighty fishy to me. I don't have easy access to a decent etymological dictionary for a couple of days, so if anyone knows anything about this, I'd appreciate a short note on it. Thanks. Gregory J. Pulliam Illinois Institute of Technology Lewis Department of Humanities Chicago, IL 60616 gpulliam[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]