What Does the Phrase “If I Had My Druthers” Mean and Where Did the Saying Come From?

The phrase “If had my druthers” means, of course, “If I had my way.”

Druthers is always plural and indicates that there are a number of options other than what is offered.

It’s rural American slang; it began as “I’d rather,” which, when shortened by dropping the “I” becomes “drather.”

With a country accent, “drather” becomes “druther,” which when pluralized and extended becomes “druthers” meaning “choices.”

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