- Created: Thursday, 28 April 2011 17:49
- Written by Elizabeth Danziger * WorkTalk Communications Consulting
My daughter recently asked me whether the correct word in this idiom was “deserts” or “desserts”. Feeling cocky, I asserted that the right word was obviously “desserts”, as in the sweet reward for a job well done. Well, I was wrong. And my teenager was gleeful.
The word “desert” means “that which is deserved”. It comes from the French. And it is used today only in this idiom. Since in every other case the word “desert” is pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable and intended to imply a landscape with little water, I and countless others assumed that the Sahara DESERT scenario was the only usage of the word. How wrong we were.