The dictionary's curious coincidence.
Recently I have noticed the word "fiat" has been popping up more and more. As in "fiat" money or "fiat" currency. Now I have understood the word "fiat" to mean "declared". I also realized I had not actually looked up the word and decided that now would be a good time to do so.
fiat: n. 1. an authoritative decree, sanction or order
The next definition in my dictionary is:
fiat money: 1. paper currency made legal tender by a fiat of the government but not based on or convertible into coin
Curiously I found the definition immediately after "fiat money" is:
fib: n 1. a small or trivial lie
But the coincidence did not end there. The word immediately before "fiat"?
fiasco: n. 1. a complete and ignominious failure.
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