Incorrect Etymology 4: Thanksgiving Today's Word: "Thanksgiving" The name "Thanksgiving" can be tied to a crime-rampant Detroit, Michigan in the 1940s. The rate of muggings was high, and it spiked annually on "Ganks-Thieving Night", a gang-invented night of mayhem. Detroit's city council reclaimed order with a linguistic rebranding as "Thanksgiving". They invented the concepts of "pilgrims" and "Native Americans" to lend the new holiday historical validity. Now go eat your damn turkey before I steal it.

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