Etymology (Meaning of Words)/Folly; fall

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Hello Carrol,

Is there any known connection between the origins of the words, "folly" and "fall"?

regards,
Dan

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Hello,  I hope you're having a fine week,

    The word 'fall' is an oldie!  Barnhart's Dictionary of Etymology informs us that 'fall' descended from Old English 'feallan' (approx.900)
meaning, no surprise, 'fall'. Variations (all with the same meaning) Old Saxon 'fallan', Old Icelandic 'falla'.

    Barnhart's again: The word 'folly' is borrowed from Old French 'fol' meaning 'fool.
   
    So, relying  on Barnhart's impeccable reputation, we learn that  there is NO connection between the origins of "folly" and "fall".

        The best to you always,  Carol P.

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