Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Definition of "Silly"

From Google, of course, via Princeton:

* cockamamie: ludicrous, foolish; "gave me a cockamamie reason for not going"; "wore a goofy hat"; "a silly idea"; "some wacky plan for selling more books"

* airheaded: lacking seriousness; given to frivolity; "a dizzy blonde"; "light-headed teenagers"; "silly giggles"

* pathetic: inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett

* a word used for misbehaving children; "don't be a silly"

* punch-drunk: dazed from or as if from repeated blows; "knocked silly by the impact"; "slaphappy with exhaustion"

Yeah. I think I'll give my Telugu students "cockamamie," "airheaded," and "punch-drunk." ^__^

Do we have a winner?

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