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Druthers - origin.

Posted by ESC on April 01, 2004

In Reply to: Druthers - origin. posted by Amy on April 01, 2004

: When you look at the meaning of the phrase "If I had my druthers" it gives the meaning but not the origin.

: Doesn't druthers come from "I'd rather" so "having your druthers" is having your "I'd rather...."'s.

: Is that right?

Yes. According to Merriam-Webster online:

Main Entry: druth·ers
Pronunciation: 'dr&-[th]&rz
Function: noun plural
Etymology: druther, alteration of "would rather"
dialect : free choice : PREFERENCE -- used especially in the phrase if one had one's druthers