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    sheer folly

    Where did this expression develop from

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    Re: sheer folly

    I don't know exactly what you're asking.

    Sheer is an adjective that means pure, and folly a name that means imbecility.

    Sheer comes from the Old English word scīnan--> Middle English schere.

    Back then it meant bright.

    Folly comes from Middle English folie. Akin to fool.


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    Re: sheer folly

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Where did this expression develop from
    From the collocation of sheer meaning complete and folly meaning foolishness.

    It is not possible to say where it developed from - as with most idioms, it fits a situation and therefore is commonly used.

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