Father of Folly (Abu Jahl), an aged chief, who led a hundred horse and seven hundred camels against Mahomet and fell at the battle of Bedr. His own people called him Father of Wisdom (Abu' Lhoem ).
“We have in this country a word (namely, Folly) which has a technical appropriation to the case of fantastic buildings.” mdash;De Quincey: Essays on the Poets (Keats, p. 90).
Kirby's castle, and Fisher's folly, Spinola's pleasure, and Megse's glory.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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