Fribble Friday

21 Sep

“A man with a scant vocabulary will almost certainly be a weak thinker. The richer and more copious one’s vocabulary and the greater one’s awareness of fine distinctions and subtle nuances of meaning, the more fertile and precise is likely to be one’s thinking. Knowledge of things and knowledge of the words for them grow together. If you do not know the words, you can hardly know the thing.”
― Henry Hazlitt, Thinking as a Science
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What did Henry just say? He probably is saying, the more words you know, the better you can express yourself. I am a big fan of vocabulary. I love to learn new words, but I’ve never heard of the word “fribble.” Have you? I didn’t think so. So don’t fribble away your day, add this to your vocabulary.
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frib·ble\ˈfri-bəl\
transitive verb
: to trifle or fool away. Intransitive verb
1 : trifle
2 obsolete : dodder
Other forms: frib·bled; frib·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\
Origin: origin unknown.
First use: 1633
Synonyms: doodle, fool around, fiddle (around), goof (around), hang about [British], kick around, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle
2
fribble
noun
: a frivolous person, thing, or idea
frib·ble adjective
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Today, I fribbled away most the day, but I did accomplish one thing…I bought a new car. I was quite proud of myself, researching, negotiating and haggling like the “big boys.” Buying a new car is always scary. Did I get the best deal? Did I get taken advantage of? By the time I was finished, I think I did OK. But, it really doesn’t matter one way or the other. I have a beautiful new red Honda Odyssey. Who cares? I’m happy!
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Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale

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2 Responses to “Fribble Friday”

  1. Dan Hennessy September 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Thanks for the new word . Congrats on the new car ! But remember : a car is not a toy .

    • Toni September 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

      “And a chair is still a chair, even when there’s no one sitting there…” Burt Bacharach. Thanks, Dan.

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