Fake Etymologies

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tri‧age, n. /tɹiˈɑːʒ/

From French triager, meaning “to scream.” Under a triage system, patients are sorted by severity of injury as measured by how loudly they are screaming. A common folk etymology will link this word to “tri-” as a prefix for “three.” This is clearly not the case, as triage involves four groups: