Fake Etymologies

Interesting is better than true.

tit-for-tat, adj. /ˌtit-fər-ˈtat/

Juvenile pronunciation (commonly called babyspeak) for the phrase “this for that,” used to teach children the rudiments of sharing.

The unprintable – but nevertheless widely printed – story about breasts and body art is an ex post facto justification invented by a New Orleans tattoo artist to drum up business around Mardi Gras.