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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. An easy life, especially devoted to sensual pleasure.
2. A path of least resistance, especially one that ends in disaster.
From Latin prima rosa (first rose). Earliest documented use: 1604.
It's not clear why primrose was picked for naming this metaphorical path. Perhaps Shakespeare chose the word for alliteration -- the word is first attested in his Hamlet where Ophelia says to her brother Laertes:
"Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
Whilst, like a puff'd and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
And recks not his own rede." [Heeds not his own counsel.]
"Meanwhile, Katich clung on; the primrose path is not for him. The road is strewn with rocks."
Peter Roebuck; Victory in Sight, But Punter's Job Far From Over; The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Oct 5, 2010.
See more usage examples of primrose path in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? -Abraham Lincoln, 16th US president (1809-1865)