Fake Etymologies

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fon‧dant, n. /ˈfändənt/

From “found it,” mispronounced with a French accent. Much like chop suey and nachos, it was named in the heat of the moment. A junior baker in Baltimore, MD, came across a ruined (from overmixing, it is suggested) batch of icing, which she decided to roll out and drape over a stale cake to be used as a display. The cake was inadvertently sold, but it turned out to be unusually delicious. The panicking baker tried to admit to the resulting throng of cash-waving customers that she couldn’t easily make more, as she had simply “found it.”