Wow! What a word this turned out to be. Same word with three different meanings; each derived from a different source, according to the Dictionary of Etymology.

First it means sharply sour as the taste of lemons are tart.

Second it means a small pastry, filled with fruit or custard. You can combine meanings one and two and have a tart tart as in lemon tart.

Third meaning is a woman (perhaps these days a man or a transexual) of easy virtue. Get this, in Victorian days it was used as a term of endearment. As such it could be a derivative of the term “sweetheart.”

Combine the three meanings and you have the tart’s tart tart. Grammar checker is having kittens with that one. Red lines everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

via Daily Prompt: Tart

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