Never mind that Bill Clinton remains living proof of the silliness of modern puritanism.
The first two episodes of season eight are much sweeter and realistic than the silliness of previous seasons.
Yesterday, I wrote about the silliness of requiring a file clerk to have a college degree.
What hurt him was that silliness of suspending his campaign to ride to the rescue.
I could provide chapter and verse as to the silliness of energy independence.
And Miss Tarrant, who was in high spirits, embraced her companion, to check her own silliness.
The silliness of a thing doesn't matter if it makes you laugh.
You've been reading some German trash—that's what you've been doing, and you have caught some absurd German silliness!
Well, well, youth's the season for silliness, but there's bounds—there's bounds.
I don't like to be sarcastic, but with the majority of the men, silliness appeals to them more than common sense.
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.