Fake Etymologies

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kit‧ten, n. /ˈkɪtən/

From “cat” with “-kin” diminutive suffix – a simple but now-uncommon construction. In the same way that the nickname “Hen-kin” (“little Henry”) became Hank, the word “cat-kin” became “kitten” as vowels shifted over the course of the English language.