Sometimes discovering the origin of a word produces a moment of blinding insight.
In this case, however, it's more of a hollow laugh.
Spot the Frippet: Homo sapiens. Homo is Latin for man, and sapiens is Latin for wise.
It's not that easy a spot once you know that.
photo by Sting
This is Socrates. This is a Roman sculpture in the Louvre, but might be a copy of an earlier work by Lysippos.
Would you have known Socrates was wise by his looks?