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Узнал из рассуждений Ричарда Пайпса о коррупции, что слово tip есть аббревиатура To Insure Promptness. Любопытно.

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backspaced_boy
Feb. 6th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
звучит красиво,
otkaznik
Feb. 6th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: звучит красиво,
С удовольствием поставил бы Пайпсу лишний минус, но свидетельства Википедии не сильно надежны. Ссылка на Оксфордский словарь ничего не опровергает и не доказывает.
backspaced_boy
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=tip

какому из этимологических словарей вы доверяли бы?
otkaznik
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
Что ж, тем хуже для Пайпса.
backspaced_boy
Feb. 7th, 2011 08:44 am (UTC)
It also panders to the popular craving for the employment of acronyms as the explanation of common phrases - golf ('gentlemen only, ladies forbidden'), cop ('constable on patrol') etc. These are nonsense but they keep cropping up. It's worth remembering that acronyms are a 20th century phenomenon and researchers are hard pressed to find any examples before the 1920s. The word acronym itself wasn't coined until the 1940s. Any such explanation of older words, like 'golf', or indeed 'posh', is sure to be false.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/port%20out%20starboard%20home.html

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