Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, June 2, 2005
Posted on 06/02/2005 4:52:40 AM PDT by secret garden
Word For The Day, Thursday, June 2, 2005
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
shibboleth \SHIB-uh-lith; -leth\, noun
1. A word or pronunciation that distinguishes a particular class or set of persons from another.
2. A word or saying identified with a group or cause; a slogan; a catchword.
3. A saying or belief identified with a particular group and usually regarded by outsiders as meaningless or untrue.
4. A custom, practice, behavior, etc. regarded as distinctive of a particular group. / In the late '60s, however, the loud, open use of the "F" word became a true shibboleth, dividing the student radicals from the Establishment "pigs" they delighted in tweaking. --Elizabeth Austin, "A small plea to delete a ubiquitous expletive: can't we all get along without the 'f' word?" US News & World Report, April 6, 1998
Newspapers accused the West of trying to foment anti-Russian feelings and revive the cold war, substituting the old "Soviet threat" with the new shibboleth "Russian mafia." --Michael Satchell, "Kremlin gilt - or is it guilt?" US News & World Report, September 20, 1999
Most cases, she says, involve the charges of secular humanism -- a "shibboleth invented by far-right organizations and others who object to textbooks, library books and curriculum materials that do not promote their particular brand of religion." --Thomas S. Elliott, "Fight heats up over censoring schoolbooks," US News & World Report, February 20, 1984
Class size is another shibboleth: First, small class sizes do not increase learning, and, second, class sizes have become quite small anyway. --Jay Nordlinger, "The Anti-Excusers," National Review, October 27, 2003
This could not be stated, because the doctrines in the name of which the revolution was carried out -- and which, ironically enough, the revolution did so much to expose and discredit -- were too strongly ingrained as official radical shibboleths to which lip-service was still paid. --Isaiah Berlin, The Sense of Reality
Christmas church attendance will be the last shibboleth of Christian devotion in Europe to fall: it has a wealth of sentiment, mid-winter cheer and good tunes to keep pulling the crowds. --Madeleine Bunting, "Paralysed by panic," Guardian, December 20, 2004
Etymology: Shibboleth is from Hebrew shibboleth, "stream, flood," from the use of this word in the Bible (Judges 12:4-6) as a test to distinguish Gileadites from Ephraimites, who could not say 'sh' but only 's' as in 'sibboleth'.
Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence.
The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day.
The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....
Good Morning Class. Welcome to School!
Here is my example with WFTD.
If the lefties can persist in the shibboleth of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, surely turnabout is fair play.]
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
WFB's attempt to emulate us ; ) No pushing at the door please!
But not civil rights until the Republicans got it done. Oh, no, now I can hear Larry the Cable Guy!
Kissing her feet might be a shibboleth for a teacher who needs suing. A+++
(Happy Bday, GWMoore!)
Would Ann Coulter devise a shibboleth in order to talk to a liberal (if we must)?
I'm sure none of the lovely ladies in our class would ever experience the following:
Have you ever been guilty of looking at others your own age and thinking, surely "I can't look that old?" well... You'll love this one!
I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist. I noticed his DDS diploma, which bore his full name. Suddenly, I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in my high school class some 40-odd years ago. Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on, way back then? Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was way too old to have been my classmate; or could he?
After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Morgan Park High school.
"Yes. Yes, I did. I'm a Mustang," he gleamed with pride.
"When did you graduate?" I asked.
He answered, "In 1959. Why do you ask?"
"You were in my class!" I exclaimed.
He looked at me closely. Then, that ugly, old, wrinkled son-of-a-b**ch asked: "What did you teach?"
excuse me, but this girl jogs???? She would have two black eyes for sure..........must be she holds onto them while running. rme
they are FAKE hooters. i don't know if they move....
tell it like it is sister!
they would have to be, a serious jogger wouldn't have THAT much body fat there........
I am debating attending yet another reunion, you are not helping me decide. LOL
They don't move or feel quite like real the real thing.
Or so I've been told.
i guess guys don't care, but i think that is dang odd. if you lay flat on your back and they stand straight up, that is just NOT RIGHT.
Thanks for all the HB wishes and the eye candy (nice to get the ol prurient interests going this early in the morning LOL).....
xs, tnx for the cake...now, maybe you and patton, etal, can lobby the FAA to "Show me my medical" and lemme sit in the pointy end of things that go very fast, and gw will be very, very, happy
"Ladies and Gentlemen,This is your captain gw speaking, welcome to your G3 special charter to beautiful Miami, Florida, we will be departing in a few minutes, and ATC has cleared us direct. So, please disregard some erratic movements of the aircraft, and please notify the flight attendant, so that they many notify the captain to take his vertigo medication. If you see some flares or a fighter or two off the wing, also let the flight attendant know, because the captain would like to engage in some ACM, as it is his belief that a G3 can outfly an F-16 given the right pilot mindset. No your captain is not a terrorist, although, however, he would like to shoot one down, save the County, and be vilified by the MSM. He simply has been grounded for some years because of a closed head injury and some spinal surgeries, and takes some rather heavy doses of medication to control his symptoms. Other than that, he's fine. We will be flying at a cruising altitude of 32,000 feet, so if sudden cabin depress occurs, get on that O2 quick and keep your seatbelts fastened, because the next couple of minutes are going to be very,very interesting. as we are going to be exploring the limits of the G3 envelope. You are going to find your what "Pulling G in multiple axes" really means, and why what you see in movies just "ain't happening". Again, welcome aboard, Relax and enjoy your experience."
Thus has been broken (totally blown away) the shibboleth of why persona with head injuries,post concussion syndrome, a small frontal lobe bleed, blown vertebrae and are heavily medicated shouldn't have FAA commercial medicals. Right????
Anyhow, thanks much for the wonderful HB wishes, and it's really great being alive another year and still FReeping......
Great word today and Happy Birthday, Greg!
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