Fake Etymologies

Interesting is better than true.

gui‧tar, n. /ɡɪˈtɑɹ/

Spanish modification of Persian سی‌تار (“sitar”). When the instrument was first introduced to Spain by delegates from the Emirate of Groovefunkistan, it was deemed to be “like a sitar, only less so.” Accordingly, the was downgraded to guí, a then-current slang term for “maybe.”

Calling the delegates’ snare drums notar never caught on.