Fake Etymologies

Interesting is better than true.

spring, n. /sprɪŋ/

In the sense of “a place where water emerges from the ground,” from the Irish town of Spírdheán (/spriːn/), well-known for its healthful mineral waters and herbal infusions.

1972 saw the introduction of an American soap claiming to be “as refreshing on the outside as the Irish spring is on the inside.” Its name should not be difficult to guess.