Yet 2012 has shaped up as one of the sillier and sleazier campaigns in recent times.
Boehner may have an envy problem, and, if so, it is making him sillier and sweatier by the week.
In any case, this whole thing is just looking sillier and sillier.
Never make him look silly—any sillier than he can't help looking with that hair and that necktie he will wear.
And did you ever come across a sillier tribe of people than these same rhapsodists?
“I ain't any sillier than anybody else, and you'll be just as silly yourself, so now,” said Rosamond.
The guests were disgusted with the silly child, and sillier mother.
To feel your parent smaller and sillier than yourself is sad.
"We should probably be sillier without laws," Miss Marley observed.
"But it must be sillier than usual," said Harriet, and her voice began to quaver.
Old English gesælig "happy, fortuitous, prosperous" (related to sæl "happiness"), from Proto-Germanic *sæligas (cf. Old Norse sæll "happy," Old Saxon salig, Middle Dutch salich, Old High German salig, German selig "blessed, happy, blissful," Gothic sels "good, kindhearted"), from PIE *sele- "of good mood; to favor," from root *sel- (2) "happy, of good mood; to favor" (cf. Latin solari "to comfort," Greek hilaros "cheerful, gay, merry, joyous").
This is one of the few instances in which an original long e (ee) has become shortened to i. The same change occurs in breeches, and in the American pronunciation of been, with no change in spelling. [Century Dictionary]The word's considerable sense development moved from "happy" to "blessed" to "pious," to "innocent" (c.1200), to "harmless," to "pitiable" (late 13c.), "weak" (c.1300), to "feeble in mind, lacking in reason, foolish" (1570s). Further tendency toward "stunned, dazed as by a blow" (1886) in knocked silly, etc. Silly season in journalism slang is from 1861 (August and September, when newspapers compensate for a lack of hard news by filling up with trivial stories). Silly Putty trademark claims use from July 1949.