Fake Etymologies

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moon, n. /muːn/

Much like wolves, cows bay at the moon. Thus the nighttime orb was called in Old High German dër Bimuhanto – literally, “the thing that is being mooed at.” Under modern German grammar, this would be der Muhende, giving rise to der Mond. English dropped the suffix, but left the vowel unchanged: “the moon.”