Today I Learned…

…where the term “tip” comes from.  It is /not/, as my coworker Livy insisted, an acronym for “to insure promptness.”  This is probably a backronym of some kind (and incorrect, as it does not use the grammatically correct “ensure”).  According to Wikipedia, the word comes from the 16th century German verb tip, which meant “to give, hand, or pass” and “to tap.”

Also interesting is that the current German word for a tip is the unrelated word Trinkgeld, which literally translates to “drink money.”  That’s exactly what many of us are using it for.

For more info, and information on tipping customs around the world, check out the Wikipedia article.