Tip of the Day: Suffer Fools

by Eubie on July 10, 2014

We like these logic-twisting, multi-meaning phrases. A quick trip over to Wiki uncovered a long and confusing history of the expression dating all the way back to Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. Our interest is more pedestrian. We just like the contrast between the two meanings of these two words: suffer fools. Yes, the traditional is the two-headed coin of both putting up with and not putting up with idiocy, but the underlying theme is addressing stupidity. For us, an additional interpretation is the imperative to see those fools writhing in torment (and yes, a comma after ‘Suffer’ would help… as in, “Suffer, fools!” But the spoken word requires only the breath of a pause to change its meaning).

We recommend you try not to suffer fools gladly today. Whether you say a silent prayer that they should additionally suffer for their foolishness is up to you. We’d rather, as they say, “light a candle than curse your darkness,” but sometimes a person just needs to stumble through the Inky Black in order to get to the light, yes?

Oh, and not that this has anything to do with anything, but North Dallas Forty (1979) features the definitive celluloid scene referencing Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. While you’re at it, watch the whole film. It’s UB-approved!

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