Fake Etymologies

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el‧e‧phant, n., often attrib. /ˈɛləfənt/

English portmanteau of “elevate” and “infant.” Created by author Elfrida Vipont for her children’s book The Elephant and the Bad Baby. Initial drafts in which the Bad Baby went rumpeta, rumpeta, rumpeta, all down the road with a manglephant were rejected by her editors.