Humi Huzita ponders the meaning of the word simple

(Japanese born Italian Humi Huzita has a remarkable way with words – in several languages. At the London Convention 1987, he related the following history of the word simple.)

SIMPLE can be divided into it’s two Latin roots: SIM and PLE. SIM means ‘one time’ (as can be seen in such words as ‘single’, ‘symbol’, etc.). PLE means ‘fold’ (as can be seen in ‘multiple’, ‘plywood’, ‘apply’, etc.). To ‘fold-one-time’ is really very simple and the first step in any origami process. However SIMPLE is nort really so simple, according to the intellectuals. They claim another interpretation, i.e. that SIM means ‘together’as in ‘sympathy’, ‘ensemble’, ‘symphony’ etc. We know what PLE means.

So SIMPLE can also mean ‘fold-together’. That sounds right for us; participants at the origami conventions naturally fold together. If you think about it, these interpretations are not contradictory but express the same meaning: All is one (not ‘hole in one’!)

MORAL: SIMPLE is the keyword for paperfolders. Those who keep things simple will not have any complexes.