Fake Etymologies

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tem‧plate, n. /ˈtɛmp.lət/

From Italian thema and piatto. The former meaning “theme,” and the latter literally meaning “flat,” but referring to what English speakers would call a “slug” or a “blank.” The original thempiatti would reside – heavily guarded – in the workshops of Italy’s finest dinnerware artisans, who would themselves seek to destroy their competitors’ templates in order to corner the market.