Thursday, February 16, 2012
Search: fable parable
Why: The Bible is filled with parables; kindergarten is filled with fables. None of them are true. They both end in -able.
Answer: A fable has animals! or plants or anthropomorphized forces of nature. Each character represents a particular human virtue or fault, and what happens in the story is directly related to his personality. The word "fable" comes from the Latin root fari, "to speak."
A parable is set in the real world with human characters. It features realistic problems and results handled with spiritual fortitude if not sanctimony. The word is related to parabola, from from para, "alongside," + bole, "a throwing, casting, beam, ray."
Both fables and parables teach moral or ethical lessons.
Source: Wild Fables,
The More You Know: The word fable is also related to the word fabulous, i.e. "rich in myths; legendary." Speaking of fabulous, I just found out that Season 4 of "RuPaul's Drag Race" started January 30th.
May the best woman win!