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
Function: noun plural
Etymology: druther, alteration of "would rather"
dialect : free choice : PREFERENCE -- used especially in the phrase if one had one's druthers