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Posted by R.Berg on June 27, 2003

In Reply to: 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).

1928: splurge
1929: crash