Fake Etymologies

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brick, n. /brɪk/

From Dutch slang brach, short for “brachiosaurus.” As dykes pushed the coast of the Netherlands farther and farther into the North Sea, an amazing number of brachiosaur bones were uncovered. Due to the mostly inert nature of Dutch mud, they were in pristine condition – only dyed red due to bacterial action. Having nothing else to do with them, The Hague ordered the bones broken down into blocks and used as building material.