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Believe it or not, fatuous (fat-chew-us) has nothing to do with body size or weight. It has everything to do with silliness and absurdity.
Have you ever told anyone, "If you die, I'll kill you!?" Kind of a pointless thing to say if they are already dead, right? That would be a fatuous statement.
Fatuous can describe words, people, actions, concepts, thoughts, and much more. While it might seem that all things fatuous are also useless, I can defend the word wholeheartedly when it comes to comedy.
Some of the things that make us laugh the hardest are considered fatuous by some. A pie in the face serves no purpose but to make us giggle. Physical comedy, also known as slapstick, is often fatuous and effective.
So I try to keep my thoughts from being fatuous, but often speak in a fatuous manner for a laugh.
A fun side note: the word infatuated comes from the word fatuous. It means a love that is superficial, a crush, a desire to be in love, but without the substance and backbone to make the commitment to a real relationship.
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."