Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jul 3 17:42:33 UTC 2006

While Fox News was promoting "to insure proper service" (which would yield "TIPS), the older version of the tale, told to us as fact by our English teacher in 1959-60, involved "to insure promptness."

  At least that would result in the sensibly singular "TIP."

  BTW, another fake-ronym I reported from Fox News a few months ago was "SWAG."  And from elsewhere "POG(ue)."

  Now there's "PINGERS"  "People In Need of Graduation, Education, Relaxation and Sex (common slang at US military tech schools) :-)"  (The far-fetched elaboration alone shows it ain't real.)

  The word appears to have been applied originally to Air Force students or graduates of electronics school


Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
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At 7:47 AM -0700 7/3/06, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>On Jul 3, 2006, at 5:47 AM, Jon Lighter wrote:
>>In a discussion about pennies, all three distinguished anchors on
>>_Fox & Friends_ have just
>> 1. agreed the word "tips" comes from "to insure proper service,"...
>has anyone assembled an inventory of these mythacronyms?
>the wikipedia "false etymology" entry lists:
> fuck, git, golf, news, pom, posh, shit, tip
>ADS-L discussions have added at least:
> crud, gomer, hep, phat, wog
>(this list is undoubtedly incomplete)
>and i just came across
> daemon
>it would be nice to have these assembled, with some discussion of the
>history of each acronym (insofar as it is known), in a single place.
>it could even make an entertaining little book.
>maybe, of course, it's been done.
Possibly in Michael Quinion's book on POSH et al.

others in my collection (with etym(yth)ologies provided on request) include:

camp (or "originally" kamp)

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