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Origin of word "tip"

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fanjolina Sat 11-Jul-09 12:19:18

I've just read that the word tip (in relation to restaurants etc) is an acronym, and these were initially payments used "To Insure Promptness"

But shouldn't it be Ensure?

hocuspontas Sat 11-Jul-09 12:43:55

No, insure is right. It means that if your meal is slow arriving you get your money back grin

fanjolina Sat 11-Jul-09 12:46:27


hocuspontas Sat 11-Jul-09 12:46:44

Apparently ensure/insure interchangeable according to online dictionaries

fanjolina Sat 11-Jul-09 18:27:29

Really? Well my old English teacher wasn't aware of that!

senua Sun 12-Jul-09 23:28:32

Hmm. Tip is a very old word: how likely is it that ye olde waiters were that literate that they invented acronyms?

thumbwitch Sun 12-Jul-09 23:37:36

hee hee - just looked up 'golf' on snopes as well - I like the bit about halfway down about the hilariously pedantic and priggish spelling of the word - thought it was peculiarly appropriate for this thread!grin

fanjolina Tue 14-Jul-09 14:09:14

So have Twining's Tea Museum faked up a box saying "T.I.P"?? shock

Or maybe it stood for Tea Is Piss grin

fanjolina Tue 14-Jul-09 14:09:42


DadInsteadofMum Fri 17-Jul-09 11:57:30

I always had this one down as acronym myth along with golf and posh.

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