Fake Etymologies

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sew‧er, n. /ˈsuɚ/

Metaphorical construction from “to sew”, i.e. with a needle and thread. The collection of pipes were thought to join previously unjoined areas, as a thread joins two pieces of fabric.

It is this sort of thinking – that shared infrastructure joins people together – that led to the unification of Germany from a loose collection of principalities in 1871.