Guess what? It’s not “perks” of the job. It’s perqs! Short for “perquisites”.*
Not to be confused with “prerequisites” … Although the two do share the same Latin root: perquisite = perquīsītum and prerequisite = prerequīsītus, both modified past participles of “sought for”.
See also: “request” (requarere: to seek) and “require” (requīrer: to search for). Which explains why we ask questions (request) when we seek (require) answers, and when we’re searching for something, we go on a “quest” (quaesītus).**
In other words, there is a definite connection between what you ask for and the perqs you get.
So thank you, StarTalk, for delivering this enlightenment straight to my inbox. And to think, if I’d only heard it in the podcast and never seen it written, I’d be none the wiser.
And the moral to that story is: read your emails.
*Who knew? My computer even tried to autocorrect the title of this post.
**Disclaimer: My knowledge of Latin is close to nil, informed only by etymological investigations, so feel free to challenge me on any of this.