Interested in Language
I am interested to know the etymology of the word "far-fetched", as at the first sight it is hard for me to guess that its meaning is "unlikely to be true or happen as defined in the dictionary. And I always confuse it with another similar word "far-reaching". Thanks.
According to this site:
The adjective 'far-fetched' first appeared in the mid 1500's replacing the earlier term 'far-fet' meaning forced or strained. 'Fetched' comes from the Old English 'fecchen' meaning to go and get. "Far-fetched' describes something that was gotten from afar. It came to mean something that was unlikely or a far distance away from the truth.