For yesterday’s word (really need to do that auto-post thingy), I bring you the word levity. For some reason (maybe the weight of the word), it makes me think of a serious person. But it doesn’t.
lev·i·ty noun \ˈle-və-tē\
Definition of LEVITY
1: excessive or unseemly frivolity
2: lack of steadiness : changeableness
Examples of LEVITY
They managed to find some levity in the situation.
<the teachers disapprove of any displays of levity during school assemblies>
Origin of LEVITY
Latin levitat-, levitas, from levis light in weight — more at light
First Known Use: 1564
noun, plural lev·i·ties.
1. lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness.
2. an instance or exhibition of this.
4. lightness in weight.
Origin: 1555–65; < Latin levitās lightness, frivolity, equivalent to levi ( s ) light + -tās -ty2
Synonyms: 1, 2. frivolity, flippancy, triviality, giddiness.