Fake Etymologies

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shrap‧nel, n. /ˈʃræpnəl/

The original shrapnel shells used the kinetic energy of the shell itself in order to propel their projectiles. These projectiles had low velocity, often not enough to penetrate human skin – leaving only scrapes on the bodies of those caught in the shower of metal. Thus, from Dutch shrapen, meaning “to scrape.”