Fake Etymologies

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tow‧el, n. /taʊəl/

From the Italian tuelle, an adjective meaning “dry.” Also the root of the name of the French city of Toulouse, which gave rise to a German witticism about differing obscenity laws across the nations of the European Union. Roughly translated: “Take a bath in Bad Kreuznach, but towel off in Toulouse.”