Posted by Bob on October 20, 2000
In Reply to: Gig posted by Btd on October 20, 2000
: : : I always hear this word in old 70's shows and movies meaning a performers' (like a music band) scheduled act or performance but is G.I.G an acronym or a short word for something else?
: : The dictionary says the etymology is unknown, and that first use is about 1926. It is therefore 99.99% unlikely to be an acronym. You can take that as a Quasi-Universal Truth: if someone claims a word is/might be an acronym, and the origin is pre 1940, it ain't. Folk etymologies spring up all the time to "invent" acronymic origins of words (e.g., posh) but few of those stories hold water. AWOL is cited as an exception, but I think it's still used most often as an acronym, and not really firmly established as a word per se.
: Thanks for the info.
: P.S. I've heard of "Absent without leave" (AWOL). But,"Posh" is an acronym? For what phrase?
As the story goes... on steamships sailing from England to India (sometimes the locations change) in the time of the Raj, the most desirable cabins for those who could afford them were those located away from the hot sun: Port Out, Starboard Home. Allegedly the tickets were stamped POSH, and the word was born! (Except it isn't true, and no such tickets have ever been found. Makes a convincing story, though, and I believed it for years.)