Fake Etymologies

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pump‧kin, n. /ˈpʌmpkɪn/

Originally called isqoutm, a cognate of the Wampanoag word. Due to the high amount of water required to grow a patch, isqoutm were typically grown around the town pump. They thus acquired the nickname “pump-kin,” as “child of pump.” This naming pattern is also used in Japanese for the mushroom, called キノコ (kinoko), meaning “child of tree.”