Fake Etymologies

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nap‧kin, n. /ˈnæp.kɪn/

Due to rebracketing, the Middle English “a napron” became the Modern English “an apron.” “Napkin” is composed of “nap-” and the suffix “-kin,” together meaning “child of napron.” It was thus considered to be a very small apron.