Spurious: Etymology of the Day

Spurious, now meaning “false,” originally described children born out of wedlock—or, more crudely, bastards. It comes from the Latin spurius, an “illegitimate child,” itself possibly of Etruscan origin. The ancient Romans also commonly used Spurius as a given name for such offspring.

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Flat-Earthers have longed presented spurious evidence for their theories, those bastards. (Wikimedia Commons).

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