Ode to the word “Frittered”- also, keep up the negative thinking train, it might make you happier.

I noticed the word “frittered” when Oliver Burkeman used it in his excellent book, The Antidote: Happiness for People who Cannot Stand Positive Thinking There, ‘frittered’ is used to explain the incremental fall of European empires (“Sure [the fondness for failure] is big in Europe, where every nation, at one time or another, has had a lock on greatness, only to FRITTER (emphasis added) it away smothering monster palaces in gold leaf and commissioning jeweled Faberge eggs by the dozen. England had her empire; Spain her Armada; France, her Napolean; Germany, its unspeakable zenith. Even Belgium had a moment of glory- though, true, things haven’t been quite the same since the death of Charles the Bold in 1477” (quoting journalist Neil Steinberg).

In writing my Ode to Frittered, I elected a less ambitious course than explaining the comings and goings of empire. Instead I wrote about how I frittered away a day with ice cream, bad movies, and pricey coffee.

Lastly, apologies if the linking is tacky. Despite being diffident, I choose to keep on keeping on with my marketing experimentations.

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