Fake Etymologies

Interesting is better than true.

en‧ter‧prise, n. /ˈɛntɹ̩pɹɑjz/

Shortening of “enter for a prize”; a phrase applied to contests of all kinds. Specifically referred to the contest now called a “sweepstakes.” The term was used as a gambling metaphor to describe starting a business: a course of action unlikely to succeed, but with great reward on those rare occasions of success.