Posted: January 5, 2016 Filed under: The Big Idea | Tags: Brief, research, serendipity, The big idea
Going on my current indecisiveness I picked a word, maybe it was because my sister said it was a nice meaning, but I’m claiming this, and theres no turning back.
1 – an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
2 – good fortune; luck:
e.g. the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for.
“Happy accident” or Pleasant surprise”. The accident of finding something good without looking.
1754 (but rare before 20c.), coined by Horace Walpole (1717-92) in a letter to Horace Mann (dated Jan. 28);
Horace Walpole by John Giles Eccardt, circa 1755.
he said he formed it from the Persian fairy tale “The Three Princes of Serendip,” whose heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.
“ The name is from Serendip, an old name for Ceylon(modern Sri Lanka), from Arabic Sarandib, from Sanskrit Simhaladvipa“Dwelling-Place-of-Lions Island.”
An interesting story of serendipity featuring Van Gogh’s cafe terrace at night (Place du Forum)
George W. Bush even quoted it.
Love this quote
Next I’ll be looking on social networks, like pinterest, instagram, and twitter to see what I can find. I’m also aware that there’s a film called Serendipity(2001) which I might aswell watch. A 6.9 imdb rating means it shouldn’t be too bad.