Fool’s Gold

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I was listening to the Beatles’ song, “The Fool on the Hill,” and then comparing it,

in my mind to, “A Fool in the Rain” sung by Led Zeppelin. All of a sudden, I realized

there can be a few ways that you can interpret the word, “Fool.” In the first song, it

means to be sad that you were made a ‘fool’ of, in love. The second song’s melody

is to a more upbeat tempo. Led Zeppelin’s song depicts being carefree enough to act

foolish. I like this idea of expressing your love through silly ways.

 

I like the idea of words and their interpretations. I have carried this out in a few of my

past different posts. (The Meaning of Regret, Patience, and others…) Definitions are

something I like to write and read about, especially  when I find out there are more

variations than I ever imagined. Also, the ‘roots’ of words interest me, too. I took a

course titled, “Etymology,” which I wish could have lasted much longer.

 

The definitions (and derivations) of fool:

(noun)- A person who acts unwisely or imprudently; a silly person.

A more archaic definition (noun)- A person who was formerly kept in

a noble or royal household, for casual entertainer; also, ‘jester.’

 

(verb)- Trick or deceive (someone); dupe.

A more casual definition (verb)- To spend time idly or aimlessly, as in

‘fooling away’ time.

Another casual interpretation (verb)- To spend money or trifles (‘to fool

away’ or ‘fritter,’) without advantage. This was also characterized as to

meddle thoughtlessly or tamper.

 

(adjective)- Informal usage: Foolish or silly.

 

What a ‘fool’ she is over that man!

 

When I quoted how dogs accept us when we act like ‘fools’ on Wednesday, 9/16/14,

by Samuel Butler. It mentioned dogs don’t mind joining us in this frivolity, I started

thinking about writing this post.

 

I like this use of the word, “foolish:”

The clown wore a ‘foolish’ little hat on top of his bushy red hair! (Bozo or Ronald

McDonald, come to mind.)

 

I don’t like this use of ‘fool:’

Don’t fool with that loaded gun!

 

Unfortunately, Scripture leaves us with negative connotations of “fool:”

“Wicked,” “depraved,” “senseless,” and “dullard” are given references in the Bible,

implying to be foolish is all of these horrible things.

 

What about that delicious dessert labeled, “fool?”  Isn’t it too delicious to be

considered a part of the word’s definition? I love the layering of angel food or

other flavored cakes, with fruit and whipped cream… Yummy! I have to give

this interpretation a ‘positive’ rating!

 

What about the way we celebrate April first, “Happy April Fool’s Day!” Isn’t

this a positive and fun-filled day? I think back of the tricks I played and had

played on me, they seem more friendly and evoke happy memories.

 

In this same light-hearted manner, my grandkids like to say, “I fooled you, Nana!”

This can come when they hide something, when they play a ‘magic trick’ on me

or when they tell a ‘fib’ and it is usually ‘outlandish!’ All are positives, through

my starry eyes of love.

 

When I was in my teens, some of us would say, “So and so is “fooling around”

with someone else.” It usually meant ‘sex,’ but sometimes it was also, meant

to include ‘being unfaithful’ to another person.

How do you ‘view’ this expression?

Can someone be ‘tinkering’ with their car and still say they are ‘fooling around?’

 

I used to feel that this was a positive compliment, when a friend would say,

“We can’t ‘fool’ you, Robin!”

 

Sometimes I think of myself being sort of pitiful, in terms of, “He sure did ‘fool’

me, though. Never could have seen that happen!”

 

Other times, I would say what kind of ‘fools’ we all are, when we believe a

politician or a famous actor’s lines.

 

Fool’s Paradise = delirious happiness.

Fool’s Gold = pyrite.

 

Often expressed words,

“A fool and his money are soon parted.”

 

“Fools rush in… where angels fear to tread.”

There are several references that come to mind, when I hear this quote.

The first one comes to mind, since I am a huge movie buff, along with liking

this movie plot is: “Fool’s Rush In.” This is a well done comedy, with several

serious underlying themes. First is, don’t do things while under the influence

of alcohol, or you may face consequences. The second is, you may find out

you like someone, once daylight hits, after all. Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek

are both interesting and amusing in this overall fun-loving movie.

The next thing that comes to mind,  is the song, “Fools Rush In (Where Angels

Fear to Tread,” written by Johnny Mercer, (1940). Yes, I wanted to find who were

the ones who sang this song, but my first memory of this song, was Ricky Nelson’s

version.

There have been dozens of famous people who have sung this popular song! The

first singer was Tony Martin. Then came The Glenn Miller Band,  with Ray Eberle

singing. Then came The Tommy Dorsey Band with Frank Sinatra singing this.

After that the remakes were about 20 years later, where it re-surfaced in 1960,

with someone named Brook Benton singing it. In 1962, (I would love this version!)

came Etta James. Also, in 1962, Doris Day sang a duet with Andre Previn of this

song.  Finally, the version that I know, with an upbeat tempo and a little ‘rock’

flair was sung by Ricky Nelson. (I still love his “Garden Party” song, don’t you?)

In 1971, Elvis Presley decided to include “Fools Rush In” in an album. There are

many more people, some I have never heard of, but needless to say, this is a very

popular song. I sure hope that the heirs of Johnny Mercer, collected some of the

royalties on this song!

 

I will sometimes remember how Eliza Doolittle says, “What a fool am I. . .” in the

song, “Without You.” (“My Fair Lady”)

 

A ‘shout out’ to my best use of matchmaking EVER: Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary,

Jenny and Dave! (My story about this is titled, “Love Found in a Video Store.” Yes,  I

found Dave, but had to call a few people to ‘identify’ him, while setting him up with my

good friend, Jenny.) Here’s to many more foolish times, fun and exciting adventures,

you two fun-loving people!

 

Hope you found more ‘gold’ here than ‘fool’s gold!’

 

I like to picture all my fellow bloggers  ‘fooling around,’ whistling, singing and enjoying

the sunny weather together! Let’s go on a hike with a picnic at the end of the trail. . .

 

 

When you think of the words, ‘fool’ and ‘foolish’ do you think of people who are young,

any age or elderly?

When you hear the word, ‘fool,’ does a song pop into your head?

Or if those questions don’t make you imagine something, can you remember a time you

felt ‘like a fool’ or ‘foolish?’ What age were you? If you wish to share a personal example,

feel free to give us one.

 

 

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34 responses »

  1. When my best friend and I were in 8th grade we started calling each other fool as a pet name or nickname. “Can you come over later, fool?” That sort of thing. It came from reading Shakespeare in English class. It became so engrained in our vocabulary that at a sleepover one night, when we girls squeezed each other into passing out, I repeated “fool fool fool” as I fell to my sleeping bag. That’s what the girls told me, at least. Truer words were never spoken.

    • I am smiling at your Shakespeare’s ‘psyche’ from 8th grade. You were incredibly imaginative and bright, as your friends were. Except on that fateful night, you were squeezing each other into passing out! That really was ‘foolish,’ did your Mom ever find out about your game, you ‘fool!’ (Hey, if I can’t call you this, let me know! I feel like I am your friend… smiles!)

  2. As soon as I started to read your post an old song by Foghat came into my head…”Fool for the City.”
    I remember my best girlfriend growing up would say, “fool thing” when she attempting to do something and couldn’t.

    • I like Foghat and that song, Jill! Thanks for reminding me of this one! I like your best girlfriend’s expression, “fool thing!” I tend to call things ‘stupid’ and my grandkids told me not to do this anymore! (I think they are not allowed to call each other this, so they are making me ‘follow their rules!’ Smiles!)

  3. The Who, Robin, “We Won’t Get Fooled Again,” which a whole bunch of teenagers my age thought meant us as we strutted around all proud of how cool we knew we were. How foolish that was, I know now! Fool to me is to pull something over on somebody, No. 1, and somebody who has that happen to them, No. 2. Thanks for this great post, my friend who is a fool to nobody!

    • Oh, Mark! Such a great song to fulfill this post on fools. You are so right, we thought we were the ‘end all and be all’ and definitely felt we were ‘cool.’ I like your way of succinctly summarizing ‘fool’ definitions in a total of 2 ways, Mark. To be a fool is not cool. I really liked this a lot!

    • Lorna, I like that you added another popular use of the word, ‘fool,’ in that expression of love. I think you are sometimes so funny, how you cross out your words in your posts, so we know what you REALLY want us to know about you and your thoughts! Smiles!

  4. “What does he think we are fools?” was our favorite line whenever our professors conveyed something unconvincingly. “Mom are you trying to fool us?” I keep on listening from my sons. Wonderful interpretations I liked all meanings. 🙂

    • That was a great question of your professors, behind their backs. They don’t always make sense and sometimes they do treat students as ‘fools.’ I really liked that your sons still say ‘fool’ in the sweet question, “Mom are you trying to fool us?” Thanks for sharing this, S n S!

  5. Expressing love whether it be romantically
    engaging or through silly innuendo and fun
    is lovely I think, after all whoever is receiving
    the attention will instinctively know that her
    or his love means it in a very special way 🙂

    Have a really sweet Thursday Robin 🙂

    Andro xxxx

    • Thanks, Andro for getting ‘straight to the heart of the matter’ with your romantic interpretation that acting silly is understandable while with your loved one! Smiles and hope you have a great rest of the week.

  6. Nice journey with words. I guess it depends on who is using it and in what setting. It can be an insult or a joke. Context and voice inflection matter. I think of this- a fool and his money are soon parted 🙂

    • You are so right, the context and voice inflection do help to understand the one whose message is being given. I like the choice, Timi, of your saying ‘journey with words.’ Thanks for saying this and helping to remind me of that expression, too.

    • So glad you said this, Tracy! You are the first to say you love this song! I am sure they all know it, loved the other ones mentioned but you like what I like. This means a lot to me, somehow… We can be foolish, sometimes it means putting ourselves ‘out there.’ “It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.” We foolish ones… Hugs, Robin

  7. Enjoyed reading your blog, it made me ponder on how the words also change in different styles of slang, here in Australia a fool can be a bloody nincompoop,a drongo, a fool can be called Not the Sharpest Knife in the drawer, or a fool can be a few sheep short in the top paddock.
    Lots of variations here in Australia.
    Cheers
    Emu aka Ian

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