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Damfoolery

Damfoolery

BEING AN APPARENT FAVORITE OF EARLY 20TH CENTURY LETTERWRITERS WHO WERE ALSO, THEMSELVES, MEN OF LITERARY GENIUS

n. — the condition or act of a damfool—a colloquial shortening of “damned fool,” a person who behaves stupidly

She has lost all that damfoolery of faddishness about this, that, and the other.
D.H. Lawrence, in a letter dated 1909

fm. damn, from the Old French dampnare, to inflict damage or loss upon, to condemn + fool, from Latin, follem, which literally meant to bellow but came to mean windbag or empty-headed

“Fighting heroically,” in some damfool trap he’s walked into with his eyes open!
—Rudyard Kipling, in a letter dated 1900

first published. 1881

inspiration. just a good Friday word

 

Damfoolery

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