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The word fool comes from the latin word, follis. Follis was used primarily as an insult, although it also referred to a leather bag. The vulgar use means “windbag” (one who is filled with air) or, “empty-headed person.”
It is condescending to pity someone, but I always did feel sorry for the fool in the crowd. The fool is the one who takes the literal meaning, doesn’t get the joke, walks into situations thinking all parties have pure intentions. The fool gives of themself freely, thinking none the wiser. But, I have been this person, haven’t I?
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