What does TIPS stand for?

To insure prompt service

Those who give good ones may say tips stands for "to insure prompt service." However, tips, or TIPS, is actually an example of a backronym, which is an acronym created from a pre-existing word.

In reality, the word tip originated as slang among English criminals in the 1600s. At that time, the word meant "give." In the 1700s, the gentry began giving their servants extra money when they performed well, and these "gifts" became known as tips. Finally, in the 1800s, people began giving tips to waiters, providing the word tips with its current meaning.


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Updated August 8, 2023

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