Where does the word “fad” come from and What does fad mean?

In certain regions of England, the local people, when they caress a child, or make a pet of it, say that they “faddle” it.

That word has been known and used for three hundred years.

From it, about a hundred years ago, the curtailed word, fad, was formed and used to indicate a pet project, something that one took up as a hobby.

It is not known who originated the contraction.

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