Fool and their Money Definition

A foolish person will waste money quickly or easily. It is easy to get money from a foolish person.

Fool and their Money Examples

A fool and his money are soon parted. He won the lottery and bought a bunch of scratch tickets.She took out a second mortgage to buy a motorcycle, then crashed it the next day. A fool and their money are soon parted.

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A fool and his money are soon elected.

-Will RogersRoger Roger

Will Rogers was an american idol of the early to mid 1900s. He was 9/23 Cherokee himself and was born in a Cherokee nation territory in what is now Oklahoma. In 1902 Rogers started his career as a trick roper named “The Cherokee Kid” in a South Africa circus. He then moved back to America in 1904 Where he begin a career in vaudeville theater. Will began to evolve his craft from just tricks to adding comedic commentary. His topics were mainly current events and politics. One notable show attended by the 28th US president Woodrow Wilson, turned into a roast of current politics. The show ended with the audience and Commander-in-chief in stitches. While this quote is often credited to Will Rogers, this popular american twist quoted above may not have started with him as some research suggests.

Will Rogers the “Cherokee Kid”

A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.

-Stanley Weiser

Stanley Weiser is an American screenwriter with screen credits including W. and Wall Street.

Fool and their Money Origins

Definitive Origin

A foole and his monie be soone at debate, which after with sorrow repents him too late.

Thomas Tusser, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry

A Tuss Up

Thomas Tusser lived 1524-1580 and was an English poet and farmer. His best known work is his poem Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. From which comes the earliest version of our idiom. This work is a republishing of his earlier work A Hundreth Good Pointes of Husbandrie published in 1557.

Born in the village Rivenhall of Essex, England. Thomas Tusser became a member of a choir at a young age at St Nicholas collegiate chapel a part of Wallingford Castle. He seemed pressed toward the King’s Chapel a unitarian christian congregation. But instead joined the choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. From there he joined Eton College near Berkshire. In 1543 Tusser was elected to King’s College a part of the University of Cambridge. After King’s College he moved to Trinity Hall. Finally upon leaving Cambridge Joined the court of William Paget, 1st Baron Paget of Beaudesert as a musician. After ten years in court he got married, settled down and become a farmer. It was his farm in Cattawade, Suffolk where he began the poetic works he was later known for.

A 16th century English farmhouse similar to where Thomas Tusser may have first written our idiom.

A Tusserism

Like my other idiom-kin John Heywood. Thomas Tussers work contains collections of proverbs and words of wisdom. No doubt a source for future posts.

Ad Tusserum “Tusser, they tell me, when thou wert alive, Thou, teaching thrift, thyselfe couldst never thrive. So, like the whetstone, many men are wont To sharpen others, when themselves are blunt.”

– Thomas Warton, The History of English Poetry from the Close of the Eleventh to the Commencement of the Eighteenth Century.

I really liked this epigram and thought I would include it. The cited book takes this passage from an even earlier book. A collection of epigrams titled The More The Merrier by H. P., 1608.

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Literal Origin

The earliest evidence of the idiom as we use it today.

“If they maye haue them there, it is their more ease that buye them, and if they pay a penie or two pence more for the reddinesse of them, and for his charge that prouided them, let them looke to that, a foole and his money is soone parted.”

-Defence of the Government of the Church of England, John Bridges, 1587.
The Canturbury Cathedral attended by the Archbishop that leads the Church of England. Puritan-itis

The book quoted above was a controversial work about church policies. A few prominent Puritans of the church stick out in Bridges book. These include a churchman imprisoned many times for rebelling against the puritan church named Thomas Cartwright. Laurence Chaderton the first master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge who lived to the ripe age of 104. In the 1600’s no less! Finally Walter Travers a theologian known as an opponent of the teachings of Richard Hooker, a very prominent theologian. The book also sparked the first Martin Marprelate tract. A series of illegal anonymous pamphlets against the Church of England between 1588-1589.