Faux etymology

Meetings can be pretty dull so I love it when I learn a language tidbit unexpectedly.  Which I almost did this week.  In a client meeting about something business-y, one of the attendees shared the origin of the word “posh” with the group.  He explained that it is the acronym for Port Over Starboard Home, the equivalent of first class for wealthy travelers traveling between England and India during the ocean liner era.  Cool!  Another little language gem to add to the collection.  Alas, the Merriam-Webster folks say “not so”.  In fact, the origin of the word is obscure so I can’t even replace one tidbit with another.

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