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Word of the Day: Idle/Idol/Idyll

Jul 9, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day | 0 comments

Word of the Day: Idle/Idol/Idyll

by Jul 9, 2019The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day0 comments

i-dle / ˈīdl
1.      not active or employed
It is only idle people who can find time for everything.
French Proverb
2.      not spent in activity or work
I would love to get a place out in the country and spend my idle time just remodeling and planting seeds and watching them grow.
Joe Lando, 1961-
3.      unused
A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.
Henry Miller, 1891-1980
4.      lacking worth; frivolous
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit and lost without deserving.
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616
5.      lazy
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
Buddha, c. 480-c.400 BC
1.      to do nothing
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
Jerome K. Jerome, 1859-1927
2.      of a machine, to operate at low power so that it cannot do useful work
We passed laws to prohibit cars and buses from idling their engines and to retrofit school buses with diesel pollution controls.
Sheldon Whitehouse, 1955-
1.      a person or people who are lazy
Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in your temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.
Charles Kingsley, 1819-1875
i-dol / ˈīdl
1.      an object of extreme devotion
The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.
Washington Irving, 1783-1859
2.      a representation or symbol of a deity
An idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand.
Aiden Wilson Tozer, 1897-1963
3.      a form which lacks substance
No good can come of it – it is not well
To meet it – it is an enchanted phantom,
A lifeless idol…
From ‘Scenes from the Faust of Goethe’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792-1822
4.      a fallacy
[Francis Bacon] called the wide variety of errors in mental processing the Idols of the Mind. There were four idols: Idols of the Tribe, Idols of the Cave, Idols of the Marketplace, and Idols of the Theater.
i-dyll / ˈīdl
1.      a descriptive piece of poetry or prose that focuses on rustic country life, pastoral scenes, or has an overall mood of tranquility
His surviving work can mostly be found within an old compendium of 30 poems known as the “Idylls of Theocritus.”
2.      a charmingly simple scene
As a child, I wanted to marry a farmer, but no doubt the reality would have been very different to the idyll in my head.
Jane Asher, 1946-
3.      a brief romantic affair
The more enchanted the idyll, greater must be the pain of its ending.
Georgette Heyer, 1902-1974

Thank you for including the Dictionary Project in the good work you do in your club.  In my club, we have provided Dictionaries for third-grade students for enough years that now we are having former students help us to present dictionaries each year.  They are often returning to the same classrooms that they were third-grade students.  Teachers plead every year for us to NEVER quit this valuable project.  They tell us that students NEED paper books to learn to read, to learn to do research and to do independent study.  Please send me pictures of your presentations and tell me about your visits to the schools to give dictionaries to the students. To be included in our newsletter you can send me your stories at

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District Governor 2019-2020
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