Fake Etymologies

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re‧fuse, v. /ɹɪˈfjuːz/

Contrary to the common folk etymology, not a construction of prefix “re-” and base “fuse.” Derives from the noun “refuse,” and originally meant “to treat as garbage.” The meaning narrowed to its current “to turn down” through punctured egos of the upper classes when invitations were declined.