Tuesday, January 08, 2008

One More Thing I've Been Wrong About

From the "Why Didn't Someone Tell Me?!" files.

Episode 78: just deserts

Admittedly, it's not a phrase I use that often. But when I have, I guarantee you I spelled it with a double-barrelled "s" in the middle (i.e. "desserts). I'm not asking anyone else to care about this, by the way.

desert [3,noun]
Pronunciation:
\di-ˈzərt\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English deserte, from Anglo-French, from feminine of desert, past participle of deservir to deserve
Date:
13th century

1 : the quality or fact of deserving reward or punishment
2 : deserved reward or punishment —usually used in plural [got their just deserts]
3 : excellence, worth


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1 comment:

thptpth said...

I always thought it was "desserts" too. Wow. You learn something new every day.