(Latin: foolish, foolishness, folly, silliness)
Said to be from Julius Phaedous c. 15 B.C. - A.D. 45 (born in Thrace and lived as a freedman in Rome and wrote fables which are considered by some to be superior to Aesop's).
This proverb is engraved in stone above the fireplace at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina; as confirmed in an e-mail message from Grove Park Inn, dated 10 June 2002.
The quotation is also interpreted to mean: "If what we do is not useful, it is stupid to boast about it."
A reference to graffiti, as in
Are always found in public places.
2. Silly discourse; babbling.