Friday, April 10, 2015

A-to-Z Challenge: I

Today’s word is idle, something I never am.

Did you believe that? Because I didn’t.



Idle comes from the Old English idel, empty, vain, or worthless. It’s West Germanic in origin, although there’s not much info on it, certainly not where it came from before that. I guess the word should have gotten out and made a name for itself.

Is that it? Huh, that’s it. Later, everybody!

Sources
Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English

14 comments:

  1. " I guess the word should have gotten out and made a name for itself."

    Hahaha...I see what you did there.

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  2. LOL - 'gotten out and made a name for itself' *snigger* Great post :)
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  3. Interesting that idle came from empty, vain, and worthless. I definitely don't think of those when I think of idle.

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  4. Hi there - Short but to the point. BTW, I gave a shout out to your blog on my 'I' post today on FictionZeal.com. :)

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  5. Hi there - Short but to the point. BTW, I gave a shout out to your blog on my 'I' post today on FictionZeal.com. :)

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  6. I always have to stop and check to make sure I'm not confusing "idol" and "idle". During this challenge, I don't think much of us are idle :)

    betty

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  7. I find it interesting that 'vain' was one of the meanings of the early word.

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  8. I wish I had more time to be idle…. I think a little laziness is a good thing.

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  9. Personally, I think you're slacking. :P

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  10. Well, I guess they don't all have long and storied histories, eh?

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  11. Strange that vain and worthless end up having some of the same connections.

    I can think of a certain worthless former brother-in-law who's idle quite often... and if he ever meets a bad end, I'll need an alibi!

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  12. I'd quite like to have nothing to do. Unfortunately, it never happens!

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