T.I.P.S.= To Insure Proper/Prompt Service?
- invinotheresverde Aug 27, 2008 08:37 AM
I stand by the fact that "tips" has no hidden meaning, since people frequently confuse "insure" and "ensure".
1. to guarantee against loss or harm.
2. to secure indemnity to or on, in case of loss, damage, or death.
3. to issue or procure an insurance policy on or for.
1. to secure or guarantee
2. to make sure or certain
To Ensure Proper Service would make sense, but doesn't work with the word "tips". People always claim, "TIPS means such and such" (for example, the sixth response in this post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/552081 ), but I don't think that's the case. TIPS means nothing at all, besides whatever the word's actual etymology is.
A basic rule of thumb in the etymology game is, words are very, very rarely formed from acronyms, with the exception of certain 20th century terms like radar, sonar, laser, etc.
Claiming that origin for tips, like the similar claim often made for posh ("port out starboard home") is completely bogus, a retrofit of a contrived phrase to a perfectly good pre-existing word. There's even a term for this: backronym. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backronym
The only time TIPS would mean to insure proper service is when you pay the Gecko and he gurantees that your receive the service and if not he will pay you the policy amount
jfood once read that the term comes from the bible but he just tried to google and came up empty. if anyone has the link to that historical perspective jfood would appreciate it.
According to Webster's it says that insure is:
1 : to provide or obtain insurance on or for
2 : to make certain especially by taking necessary measures and precautions
I think that it would make sense with number two.
Also Ensure and Insure both come from the same middle english word, asseurer so I don't seen an issue with its
To Insure Proper Sanitation.
You don't know where those smaller bills have been... Don't go into that dark and slimy gutter.
Best to leave all those smaller bills in the hands of those who have a higher metabolism and better immune system.
;) It's a Win-Win situation.
From the Online Etymology Dictionary:
"give a small present of money to," c.1600, originally "to give, hand, pass," thieves' cant, perhaps from tip (v.3) "to tap." The meaning "give a gratuity to" is first attested 1706. The noun in this sense is from 1755; the noun meaning "piece of confidential information" is from 1845; and the verb in the sense "give private information to" is from 1883.
The word's supposed origin as an acronym is highly unlikely and the story seems to be no older than an editorial in "Life" magazine from July 15, 1946, claiming the restaurant server's word tip "probably comes from a London coffeehouse custom of two centuries ago when the words 'To Insure Promptness' were written on notes to the waiter, with coins attached. Later just the initials T.I.P. were used." There is no historical evidence for this."
I do this when I go to the city. I will tip the waitress or waiter a twenty when I am seated in a real busy restaurant. I am never ignored, seems to work and I get great service. I have also done this with cabbies. Instead of driving in circles to raise the fare. Their busting it to my destination as fast as possible.
To insure prompt/proper service. Back when this practice began, it was customary to throw a coin to the bar wench or bar keep to make sure that the food and ale would be delivered timely, and as often as the customer wanted. At the end of the meal, time, etc, the customer would give a "gratuity"..a "thanks" a show of graciousness; "late 15th century (denoting graciousness or favor): from Old French gratuité or medieval Latin gratuitas ‘gift,’ from Latin gratus ‘pleasing, thankful.’. Today, sadly, people only leave something after the meal. If they tipped the amount they leave when finished, at the beginning of the meal, most of them wouldn't get ANY service. In the finer dining establishments, it's common practice to receive a tip at the start of the meal, because the customer would like special attention. And you could guarantee, the gratuity at the end would be just as nice. Personally, I always paid better attention to the person that slipped me a $10 or $20 as they sat down.
"In the finer dining establishments, it's common practice to receive a tip at the start of the meal, because the customer would like special attention. And you could guarantee, the gratuity at the end would be just as nice. Personally, I always paid better attention to the person that slipped me a $10 or $20 as they sat down."
I always think this attitude is odd a persons paid/tipped to do their job. In a fine diner people are paying for a good level of service and the value of the tip as a percentage of a larger bill is more. So why the assumption there is a need for cash up front?
I would expect if someone won't do their job well unless a customer pre-tips they would be fired from the fine diners I have been to. When I sit down for a meal in the anticipation of paying $300 a head I don't expect to worry about the service level because I didn't pre-tip to the employees standards.