Fake Etymologies

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veg‧e‧ta‧ble, n. /ˈvɛdʒtəbəl/

From Latin vegetare, meaning “to fight with spirit.” The “-able” suffix was an addition of English. So named for their root systems’ strong hold on the ground, such that picking them requires a high power level. Over 9,000 different fruits, grains and spices are misclassified as vegetables in non-technical English.