Fake Etymologies

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pe‧tit four, n. /ˈpɛti ˈfɔr/

Literally “small four,” from French petit and “four o’clock.” Until the Uncouth Era, exclusively eaten while taking afternoon tea. Compare with “after eight” (a kind of dinner mint) and “nooner” (last night’s dinner rolls, served again with lunch).