Fake Etymologies

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el‧e‧ment, n. /ˈel.ɪ.mənt/

From Spanish emento, meaning “piece.” As a masculine noun, it takes el as a definite article, thus el emento. In the sense of the Periodic Table, these are considered fundamental elements.

Trivia note: In the original Spanish, the term “the fifth element” refers to mustard. This is why, in Spain, mostaza is a nickname for boron.