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Tune in to Fluke

“Fluke”, that is a funny word, I thought. Luke with a fluke!
PRONUNCIATION: “flook”  MEANING: noun: A chance occurrence, especially a stroke of good luck. ETYMOLOGY: Of uncertain origin. Earliest documented use: 1857. USAGE: “It wasn’t a fluke. We have been working hard on it.”

Primrose Path

(PRIM-rohz path)

1. An easy life, especially devoted to sensual pleasure.
2. A path of least resistance, especially one that ends in disaster.

From Latin prima rosa (first rose). Earliest documented use: 1604.

It’s not clear why “primrose” was picked for naming this metaphorical path. Perhaps Shakespeare chose the word for alliteration — the word is first attested in his Hamlet where Ophelia says to her brother Laertes:
“Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
Whilst, like a puff’d and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
And recks not his own rede.”

I just needed to share this. It’s almost my life, you know.
A primrose path. Wich is an easy life, devoted to disaster. Or something.
Just kidding.
I liked that thing  Shakespeare wrote.