Sunday, April 3, 2011

Frittering

Frittering my life away - or at least my Saturday night.


Frittering: To spend, bit by bit, on trifles
To break into small fragments
First known use: 1728
"whittle away," 1728, from fritters "fragment or shred," possibly from a noun sense, but this is not recorded as early as the verb; perhaps an alteration of 16c. fitters "fragments or pieces," perhaps ultimately from O.Fr. fraiture "a breaking," from L. fractura. Or perhaps from a Germanic source : rags)


Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify." Henry David Thoreau


On the other hand, Nietzche: "I feel as though I've frittered my life away for what else is there to do with a life?"
My carry along journal for Italy. Variety of papers, Rollabind(ed?, bound?)

9 comments:

anja said...

perhaps for your interest (if you like to explain the word 'fritter'),you'd like to know that 'effriter' in french means that sth becomes 'friable' or: breaks up in little fragments until it's become powder. Being dutch, living in France, teaching a little english to primary school french kids, language is like a toy to me.

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

Yes, Thank you Anja! This is why I love looking up entymology of words. It is so interesting to see where language comes from.

Herm said...

How lucky you are to go to Italy, it is one of my favorite countries to visit - have lots of fun!!

Cassie Shella said...

I love just fritteing around! And I do hope you have a really great time in Italy:)

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

Frittering in Italy will be every so lovely. Thank you.

Elizabeth said...

Frittering seems to be my work style- with kids, family, gardens pets and art, frittering is how I get it all done!!! Three cheers for Frittering- I am making it a very positive work style for ME!!

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

Yes, frittering IS how it all gets done. Of course, the quotes I used in the post are both from men. Interesting ...

Deb Dugan said...

Yay for frittering! It's totally how I function. I love your new blog header/banner too!

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

Three cheers for frittering. Now THERE's a blog title.
Thanks, Deb.