Fake Etymologies

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car‧cass, n. /ˈkɑrkəs/

Named for the French fortified city of Carcassonne. During the Albigensian Crusades, the army of Simon de Montfort hurled and catapulted disease-ridden animal corpses over the city walls in an attempt to force surrender from the Occitan Cathar citizens. Despite its not being a new strategy, the association stuck.