Fake Etymologies

Interesting is better than true.

cav‧il, v. /ˈkæv.əl/

One member of a pair of Latin oppositional quasi-cognates. A person who was cavil spoke freely and at length on his dislike of a particular subject. In contrast, a person who was civil was quiet, or at least more judicious with derogatory words. See also “cavalier” and “civil.”