Fake Etymologies

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tem‧per‧a‧ture, n. /ˈtɛmpərɪʧə/

English adaptation of the French word for “temporary.” Created by Noah Webster, first chair of the American Academy of the English Language, when he needed a word to describe to his colleagues the current heat content of a room. According to his personal journal, he hoped it would “put an end to their interminable fucking about with the thermoſtat.” (His use of expletive and long-s are believed to be signs of his frustration.)