Sometimes, you just can't win
When you get your just deserts, you are getting what you deserve. The words are spelled with one S.
But try telling that to the pissed off readers in Minneapolis. They've been writing in to the Star-Tribune about the Martha Stewart headline "Out and ready for her just deserts." So many complained that the readers rep posted a note online:
Readers, radio announcers and television stations poked some fun at the Star Tribune this morning, saying the front page headline on the Martha Stewart story -- "Out and ready for her just deserts" -- was spelled incorrectly. They thought it should have been "just desserts."Thanks to Chandra Akkari for pointing this out.
But "desert" is the correct spelling -- most of us spell the phrase wrong, thinking it refers to the sweets we eat after dinner. It's from the French word for "deserve."
Readers who want to explore the phrase further can consult page 390 of the Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition.