Fake Etymologies

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hal‧berd, n. /ˈhælbərd/

From German halb, meaning “half.” Though the term today refers to a specific weapon that is half-pike–half-axe, the original halberde Waffen could be a combination of any two weapons. Popular examples include the half-spear–half-dagger (brandistock), half-hammer–half-whip (flail), and the half-sword–half-nunchaku (swordchucks, yo).