Date: Mon, 7 Apr 1997 09:15:11 -0700 From: Peter McGraw Subject: Re: tipping My AHD (the best dictionary I have handy at the moment) says "Originally a slang word meaning 'to give,' 'to pass to,' from TIP (to tap)." However, I wonder about this. I've always heard it was derived from tipple, 'to drink alcoholic beverages,' which is supported by the fact that the word means to buy the recipient a drink in other European languages: German Trinkgeld, 'drink money', French pourboire, '[money] for drinking', Czech zpropitne [acute accent over the e], 'for a drink'. Peter McGraw Linfield College McMinnville, OR On Mon, 7 Apr 1997, Greg Pulliam wrote: > 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] >