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#fool

“Others have been made fools of by the girls; but this can never be the truth said of me. I most emphatically, in this instance, made a fool of myself.”

Abraham Lincoln. A Treasury of Lincoln Quotations by Fred Kerner, 1965.

Jester

Or the “king’s fool,” is described as “a witty and jocose person kept by princes to inform them of their faults, and of those of others, under the disguise of a waggish story.”

Harper’s Book of Facts, 1905.

Folly

A foolish man may be known by six things:

  1. anger without cause
  2. speech without profit
  3. change without progress
  4. inquiry without object
  5. putting trust in a stranger
  6. mistaking foes for friends.

Arabian proverb. Bartlett’s Unfamiliar Quotations by Leonard Levinson, 1971. 

Sophomore

Sophomore comes from two Greek words: sophos (wise), and moros (foolish). So the sophomore is literally the wise fool - and that’s why the adjective sophomoric has long meant “pretentious, immature and superficial.”

Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins by William and Mary Morris, 1977.