Fake Etymologies

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em‧broi‧der, v. /ɛmˈbɹɔɪdɚ/

Shares an origin with “ember.” The Middle French verb embre referred to an activity now known as “woodburning.” Applying the same decorative principles to clothing – though with thread, not fire – resulted in an activity that was “like embre,” so the “-oid” suffix was added. (See also “humanoid.”) In the form of a verb, it became embroidre.