: [Snip to Where Krasny Tried to Elucidate the Young Tow Headed Mr. Piper on the Proper Use of the Expression "just desserts"]
: : : *That's 'desserts' old boy... an easy way to remember the difference between the two is to remember that whenever your fingers come into contact with a keyboard, intelligence 'deserts' you; A Krasny post usually contains both reason and insult, which is like having two 'desserts.'
: : Piper: Oh really. I think you should have a look here, here, and especially here.
: : *is that blueberry pie on your face?*
: *It is enough to establish that there are others in the world who, like yourself live life blissfully free from the ravages of intelligence. Did you *actually* search out these pages merely to prove just how inane you really are? Try a "dic-shun-ary" next time old son and ask your fourth grade teacher who the American poet Robert Frost was.* --K
: McSpotlight: It's immaterial who started this mudslinging; any further abusive and irrelevant posts along this vein from anyone will be rejected.
"There are, in fact, two distinct nouns spelled desert. Both entered English in the thirteenth century and both have their origin in Latin, but the two nouns come from different Latin words. The desert that means "arid barren land" derives from deserere, "to desert." The desert that means "the quality or fact of deserving reward or punishment" (or simply "deserved reward or punishment") derives from the Latin deservire, "to serve zealously." Deservire was transformed into the Old French deservir, "to deserve," which eventually developed into the English noun desert--pronounced but not spelled like the after-meal treat dessert."
I don't care what frost said. The correct use of the term is 'just deserts'.