"silly" is a word I use a lot. it’s one of my favourite English words, one I miss when speaking other languages. it's a thing I like being, it's a thing I like seeing, and it's a way to describe this thing that is not ableist or based on white pseudoscience like "intelligence".

even historically, unlike most related terms, it's not a slur against disabled or neurodiv people. it comes from 'happy, blissful; kind, good'. Proto-Germanic *sēliz. (ugla I know you’re reading this, it’s sæll/säll).

it is cousin to 'console' and 'solace'.

it is the name of the Seelie.

@elilla It's really disconcerting reading about "the silly saints" in Middle English when it meant blessed or pious. I love that too.

In college some friends and I invented a thing called SOFAS, the Society of Folks Advancing Silliness, just to tell each other all our stories about the goofy things we were doing when we were young and irresponsible and sometimes a bit in love with each other.

@bright_helpings I love that, thank you for promoting silliness in a utility-oriented world <3

@elilla my fav band as a teenager in East Germany was called like that, silly - Tamara Danz

Today's German "selig" ~ 'in heaven' or 'very happy' (e.g. used in context of winning a lottery)

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