Fake Etymologies

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com‧post, n. /ˈkɑmpoʊst/

Corruption of the past-tense form of “compose,” as in “to make.” “Composed” was formerly used as a synonym for “miscellanea” – when someone was told to take something out to “the composed pile,” it meant to the pile that was made of an unidentifiable collection of materials. (See similarities with “composite” in this regard.)