Saturday, October 9, 2010

Word For The Day: gyp

gyp - jipp - verb.  1) to cheat a person.  Etymology:  Despite its similarity to gypsy, that derivation is apparently unlikely as the term only appears in print near the end of the 19th century in the U.S. where gypsies were (and are) exceedingly uncommon.  Possibly it arose from gippo, an obsolete term for a kitchen servant of the lowest order which originally described a short tunic (from the Fr. jupeau).  Author's Note:  Now that makes sense to me.  If I'm missing the bottom six inches of my shirt - I've been gypped!