Fake Etymologies

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ra‧ven, n. /ˈreɪvən/

From “rave.” A raven was thought to be a sick, crazy crow, rather than its own kind of bird. This is why Poe chose one to be the agent of madness in the poem that was eventually titled “The Raven.” Earlier drafts featured such birds as an owl, a starling, and a penguin.