Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 24: Something I've Learned

The word 'silly' has had an interesting life.

It comes from the Middle English word 'seely', meaning 'blessed'. Over time it came to mean "deserving of pity, compassion, or sympathy", then "helpless, defenseless", "weak, feeble, frail", "insignificant, trifling", "scanty, sorry, meager, poor", "unlearned, unsophisticated, simple, rustic, ignorant", "feeble-minded", and "foolish, senseless, empty-headed".

That's quite the resume for a poor little word.

Of course, all of that just makes me love it more.

Listening to: Standing Up
Reading: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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