Fake Etymologies

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hal‧lu‧ci‧nate, v. /həˈlusəneɪt/

A word of heterogeneus descent, as often happens in medicine. It is composed of Greek ἅλς (hals, “salt”) and Latin lucidus (“bright,” but colloquially “controlled”). It was believed that those seeing or hearing nonexistent things were doing so because of an inability to control their salt processing, which would lead to an imbalance in the brain.