Fake Etymologies

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mis‧chief, n. /ˈmɪstʃɨf/

Prefix “mis-” applied to “chief.” English spelling of original French mischefer, which specifically means “to mislead.” Chef refers to any kind of leader, not necessarily one in a kitchen – though this is its primary usage in French culture.

Note the construction “mischievous”: the f and v sounds blend together from the original French phrase “I mislead you.” (See also “rendezvous.”)