Posted by R.Berg on June 27, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Splurge posted by ESC on June 26, 2003
: : to "splurge" meaning to spend money on something that you
really can't afford,,, to be extravagant. As in "lets splurge and
go to a fancy restaurant tonight"
: : Any ideas on the origin?
: splurge -- noun. 1830, ostentatious display; perhaps a blend of "splash" and "surge." The sense of an extravagant indulgence in spending is found in 1928... (From "The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology" by Robert K. Barnhart, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1995).