On Celebrating Foolishness

Today’s music for your background: Real Real Gone (Van Morrison)

Foolishness is a noun

Foolishness’ word origins in 12th century Old English words dysig, stunt, dol; 14th/15th century Middle English words folish, foolish

Foolishness synonyms include absurdity, absurdness, asininity, baloney, brainlessness, bull, bunk, bunkum, carrying-on, claptrap, crap, craziness, daftness, dippiness, dottiness, drivel, dumb trick, fatuity, fatuousness, folly, flapdoodle, fool trick, foolery, garbage, hogwash, hooey, horse feathers, idiocy, imbecility, impracticality, imprudence, inadvisability, inanity, indiscretion, insanity, insensibility, irrationality, irresponsibility, ludicrousness, lunacy, madness, mistake, nonsense, nuttiness, obliquity, courage-vs-foolishness-24476poppycock, preposterousness, rashness, recklessness, rubbish, senselessness, silliness, simplicity, stupidity, tommyrot, triviality, twaddle, unreasonableness, unsoundness, unwisdom, unwiseness, weakness, witlessness, zanniness

Foolishness in other languages includes aptallık, bêtise, dåraktighet, dwaasheid, follia, idiotice, stupidaggine, tontería, typeryys

An act of foolishness is a folly

Foolish talk is stultiloquence

Sayings about Foolishness
Foolishness is indeed the sister of wickedness. (Sophocles)

First Love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. (George Bernard Shaw)

Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced. (Alfred North Whitehead)

A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her that her mouth is extremely beautiful when her lips are closed. (Unknown)

There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again. (George W Bush)

Purpose of this Foolishness

As we celebrate his birth today
Many of us have something to say.
He danced naked on a bar
And drove for a sandwich from afar,
So many cheers to El Guapo with a thunderous hooray.

Happy birthday to a one of the blogosphere’s good guys – the master of Friday FoolishnessEl Guapo! For your birthday, I sense you would enjoy this ride.

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108 thoughts on “On Celebrating Foolishness

      • You know Frank, it felt quite odd writing the English with the Finnish! Hullutus and älyttömyys are also alternatives, although typeryys really captures the spirit much better. You nailed it :)

        • I’ll get to Helsinki yet! I started on Amsterdam and that’s as far as I got :) (one of my all time favourite cities – even in winter!)

          I was listening to Finlandia yesterday, it really is an amazing piece.

        • An odd note: Finlandia served as the music for the first alma mater where I graduated from college … eventually replaced by an a song written just for the school.

        • and was featured in one of the Die Hard movies (second from memory…) I hope the song written for the school maintained the same type of feeling.

        • Here in the states, I assure you that the alma mater was probably in the feeling of your great anthem. I never heard it there and actually accidentally stumbled across that tidbit, but I’m confident with the statement.

  1. I liked your 5 quotes on Foolishness. They cover a broad range of mankind’s downfalls: Evil, Love, Courage, Prejudice, Incompetence

  2. What a foolish post. I must say that I’ll be trying to work ‘flapdoodle’ into conversations at all available opportunities from now on, what a great word! An as for the Lone Ranger, what was he thinking about all those years hanging around with a fool? Liked hearing a bit of Van the Man, but if you don’t mind I’ll give flyboarding a miss. Well done!

    • Fasab,
      Ah yes … It’s the Lone Ranger, with Chief Poppycock. No problem on passing on Flyboard because the birthday honoree will be willing to take anyone’s place! Thanks for commenting.

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    • Paradise,
      Glad you enjoyed flyboarding. Meanwhile, Guapo is a good guy … gotta love his Friday Foolishness. Stop by there tomorrow, and tell him I sent you. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Oh, fabbo post! I love this quote: Foolishness is indeed the sister of wickedness. But since I am wickedness, does that make Guap0 a cross-dresser? *giggles* Great song!

    Happy birthday, Guaposis!

    • Kayjai,
      Welcome first-time commenter! Ah yes … one of the benefits of meeting people at parties. But please … in this case, “Angle” is a noun – but a name … whereas “Frank” is an adjective, but actually my name. Thanks for stopping by. Not only nice meeting you, hope we meet again.

    • Carrie,
      I did that in AFA style – that is a lot of trivial information that might come in handy once in the next 50 years. Then again, not sure I recall the languages I used. Thanks for visiting.

    • Spiced,
      GWB provide many “interesting” quotes – then again, given the amount of time that position gets in front of a microphone, the odds are good no matter the person. Thanks for commenting.

    • John,
      I’ve visited many of the celebration sites, and foolishness is a key word, thus I know I’m in line. Nonetheless, I’m sure he appreciates your birthday greeting! Thanks for doing so!

      • No problem – managed to squeeze it in after catching and returning yet another stray animal, a wonderful Sammy/Collie cross. Something tells me he’ll be back, since he’s proven prone to wander and has found me – the stray magnet. Maybe I’ll try to “will” all my various repeat-return strays to all show up in 16 days, so we can have a great party for a certain goat-deprived animal lover! ;)

    • L&L,
      Welcome first-time commenter and fellow party thrower. I stumbled across the pic last night and thought PERFECT. Birthday boy hasn’t stopped by here yet as I imagine work is getting in the way. Nonetheless, he’ll appreciate it. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. To get the song and the birthday wishes would have been more than enough to put a grin on my face.
    To get the full-on Frank Angle etymological expose? I can’t put words to the honor.

    Thank you!!!

    • Hey hey … It’s Birthday Man! …. El Guapo is in the house!

      I know I couldn’t have written in your style, so then the idea come to mimic in my style … and the ideas started to flow! Meanwhile, to be reached out by the others was quite the honor for me … plus I’ve been trying to party hop as much as possible!

      But hey … what about the Flyboard video?!!! ;) … Happy Birthday and enjoy your journey across the blogs … plus your personal celebration.

  7. “A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her that her mouth is extremely beautiful when her lips are closed.” (Unknown)

    Hey! Damn right he’s “unknown.” Coward. No man would ever have the courage to say that to a woman’s face. (catching breath) AND ANOTHER THING …

    That’s why you used that quote, huh? Great post, Frank. (exits with tail between legs)

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    • Benze,
      Welcome first-time commenter … and I recall Guapo’s recent tribute to you! Flyboard is perfect for him, but I imagine he was already aware of it. Thanks for stopping by for the birthday celebration.

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  14. Frank, I’ve seen you around the neighborhood here and there but this is the first time I’ve ever been over to your blog! It’s fantastic. WOW! :D I liked your cerebral Foolishness tribute!

    • Linda,
      Welcome to a first-time commenter here. Good example of networking at a party! The cerebral approach to foolishness is definitely in my style .. well, creative fiction is definitely not me … but as you can tell, my little corner of the world covers a lot of things, including regular features on Monday, most Wednesdays, Friday, and many Saturdays. Hope you return and thanks for stopping by for the party here!

  15. “A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her that her mouth is extremely beautiful when her lips are closed.” (Good one!!!) :)
    Nice post! I think it’s funny we both mentioned the naked dancing and the drive for the cheesesteak!

    • Hood,
      I read many Guapo birthday tributes, and I’m guessing that well over half of them mentioned naked dancing … ah ha .. but but we lead the way on the drive for the cheesesteak! Cheers to us!!!! Thanks for stopping by.

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