Aug 13, 2009

Suffer Fools Gladly

suffer fools gladly

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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[edit] Verb

to suffer fools gladly

1. (idiomatic) To be tolerant of stupidity or incompetence in other people.
* 1611, King James Bible, 2 Corinthians 11: 19.

For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.

* 1912, George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

He was, I believe, not in the least an ill-natured man: very much the opposite, I should say; but he would not suffer fools gladly.

[edit] Usage notes

* Nowadays more usually used in the negative, as a description of what someone does not do.

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