Fake Etymologies

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mir‧ror, n. /ˈmiɹ.ɚ/

Noun derivation of the German verb mirren, meaning “to depict beauty regardless of age.” So named because of its superior reflectivity when compared to older methods, such as burnished copper shields, picto-telegraphs, or having a trustworthy servant describe how you look. It was believed that this fidelity would allow anyone to consider themselves beautiful, even if the beauty was hidden in the smallest, deepest wrinkle.

Also the root of the stage name of actress Helen Stanoyevitch.