Perk, or perq?

I often see people write that they receive ‘perks’. I never see them write that they receive ‘perqs’.

Is a perquisite a ‘perq’, or a ‘perk’?

(And is free office coffee a ‘perk perq’?)

I’ve always seen it spelled as ‘perk’. I imagine a lot of people think it’s called that because it’s a benefit that would ‘perk you up’.

that would be a perc perk.

perq for “perquisite”

It comes from “perquisite”, but the usual spelling is with a K. In fact my dictionary doesn’t list “perq” at all, but has sense 3 of “perk” as “British informal, short for perquisite”.

I have never in my life seen it spelled with a “q” nor would I ever spell it with a “q.” “Perq” just looks stupid to me. “Perk” is how an English speaker would normally spell that word, and that’s what I go for. Just like “trank” is short for “tranquilizer.” (Although Scrabble will accept it with a “q”, it’s not the standard spelling, and not included in Merriam-Webster or American Heritage dictionaries.)

Always “perq,” because it’s short for “perquisite.”

EDIT: I take that back. When I think about it, I use “perq,” but I think just writing along I probably use “perk.”

Being from Cleveland, I favor “perq,” because the spelling with -*k *is a reminder of a 1970s mayor we’d like to forget.

And I suppose you shorten “refrigerator” as “frig”? :dubious:

Yes, it’s short for perquisite. It’s still perk.

I’ve learned over the years that something is not correct simply because many or most people believe it.

The abbreviation for perquisite is “perq”. That is how it was spelled when it first started entering common usage. Now get off my lawn dammit and stop changing my language.
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Some people do this. Drives me nuts as I always trip over that word spelled that way, unless it’s being used as a substitute for “fuck.” “Fridge,” people, “fridge.”

Yes, ‘fridge’ is the Mercan word for refrigerator. It’s worth 4 points.

I had no idea what ‘perquisite’ is so I checked it from My English-Finnish dictionary. It told me to look the first definition of ‘perk’…

Here’s another thread on the topic on a different board. Worth reading if only for post #4 and the francophobe post #6.

It should be “perq”, but you always follow a “q” with a “u” in English, and “perqu” would look damn weird, even if the “u” was silent, so “perk” it is.

Perchè ?

It’s “shouldn’t” be anything. Just like “refrigerator” doesn’t become “frig” when shortened, but “fridge,” “nucular” becomes “nuke,” “microphone” becomes “mike,” (although “mic” is sometimes used) “perquisite” becomes “perk.” It doesn’t matter what the root word is; it’s spelled in a way that reflects the way it sounds. Just because a word is a truncation of a longer word doesn’t mean it should be spelled simply as a truncation of the longer word.

The thing is, I’m pretty sure tranquilizer is most commonly shorted to tranq.