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 Folly.Fons et Origo (Latin). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fond.
 
A foolish, fond parent. Here fond does not mean affectionate, but silly. Chaucer uses the word fonne for a simpleton, and the Scotch fou is to play the fool. Shakespeare has “fond desire,” “fond love,” “fond shekels of gold,” “fond wretch,” “fond mad-woman,” etc. “Fondling” means an idiot, or one fond.   1
       
“See how simple and how fond I am.”
       
Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream, iii. 2.
       
“Fonder than ignorance.”
       
Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida, i. 1.
 


 Folly.Fons et Origo (Latin). 

 
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