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Word For The Day, Thursday, June 2, 2005
dictionaries ad nauseum | June 2, 2005 | secret garden

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?" [1]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?" [2]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," [3]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," [4]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, [5]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," [6]Guardian, December 20, 2004

Etymology: Shibboleth is from Hebrew shibboleth, "stream, flood," from the use of this word in the Bible ([7]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....


Comment Section:

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 Threads:

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!


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Up and at 'em kiddos. Come wish gwmoore a happy birthday!
1 posted on 06/02/2005 4:52:41 AM PDT by secret garden
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To: Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; dubyaismypresident; Conspiracy Guy; ..

Come join the class party and wish gwmoore a Happy Birthday!


2 posted on 06/02/2005 4:54:14 AM PDT by secret garden (Go Spurs Go!)
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To: secret garden

1?


3 posted on 06/02/2005 4:54:45 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: secret garden
First? Top Ten?

BREAKFAST.COM halted - Cereal port not available

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

4 posted on 06/02/2005 4:56:08 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
Good Morning! Did you bring cupcakes for gw?
5 posted on 06/02/2005 4:57:05 AM PDT by secret garden (Go Spurs Go!)
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To: LonePalm
Please tell me you brought goodies for the party!
6 posted on 06/02/2005 4:58:47 AM PDT by secret garden (Go Spurs Go!)
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To: secret garden
So very sorry SG - no cupcakes today. But will cheesecake serve?


7 posted on 06/02/2005 4:59:48 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa; gwmoore

I'm sure gwmoore won't complain. Although I don't swing that way...


8 posted on 06/02/2005 5:00:57 AM PDT by secret garden (Go Spurs Go!)
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To: secret garden

Morning.


9 posted on 06/02/2005 5:08:37 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: secret garden; xsmommy

Serious senators should shun the shibboleth "deal" sham shoved shockingly down their throats by the shaky seven. The sheeple should awaken, shake off the shoddy leadership of the McCainiac shills, shouting down their senatorial shinola, and seeking to elect straight-thinking strong conservatives.

(Sometimes I make an ESS out of myself) ;-P


10 posted on 06/02/2005 5:10:09 AM PDT by MortMan (Mostly Harmless)
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To: secret garden; gwmoore

What a great day to celebrate another year of life! Happy Birthday, gee.


11 posted on 06/02/2005 5:10:11 AM PDT by theDentist (The Dems are putting all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: secret garden

An odd week for me. Found a pile of old "National Review" mags from the late 60's - early 70's, and I've been leafing through them. Only to have the Watergate hubbub resurface in the news.

What's most interesting is how nothing's changed. Except, of course, what was considered leftist fringe is now liberal shibboleth.


12 posted on 06/02/2005 5:11:11 AM PDT by P.O.E.
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To: secret garden

"Pro-choice" is the liberals' shibboleth
It stands, like a ninety-foot monolith
By the left's allocution
Part of our Constitution
Like most of their premises, fib or myth


13 posted on 06/02/2005 5:12:01 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: secret garden
It seems to me that "trucker bombs" could be considered a shibboleth for certain types of roadside trash.

Just GROSS.

14 posted on 06/02/2005 5:19:35 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: secret garden; xsmommy

Only if xs is banned from posting pix of yoko!


15 posted on 06/02/2005 5:25:25 AM PDT by Laura Earl (Fitness is a journey not a destination.)
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To: gwmoore
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
16 posted on 06/02/2005 5:27:02 AM PDT by Laura Earl (Fitness is a journey not a destination.)
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To: Laura Earl

I second the motion


17 posted on 06/02/2005 5:27:35 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

The motion carries!


18 posted on 06/02/2005 5:28:52 AM PDT by Laura Earl (Fitness is a journey not a destination.)
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To: Laura Earl

Now I've got to get to a meeting. Will be back this afternoon....


19 posted on 06/02/2005 5:29:16 AM PDT by Laura Earl (Fitness is a journey not a destination.)
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To: secret garden; Hegewisch Dupa
How about a chocolate cherry cheesecake?

I can't post my favorite cheesecake picture.

'La bonne cuisine est la base du véritable bonheur.' - Auguste Escoffier
(Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

20 posted on 06/02/2005 5:31:07 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: gwmoore

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


21 posted on 06/02/2005 5:31:18 AM PDT by Texan5 (You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line...)
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To: LonePalm

did ya lose your Acme De-stemifier there LP? ;)


22 posted on 06/02/2005 5:32:18 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: secret garden

Am I on time?


23 posted on 06/02/2005 5:37:14 AM PDT by Jaded (Hell sometimes has fluorescent lighting and a trumpet.)
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To: secret garden

Morning! A quick one, then I'm off to work-

The MSM's new shibboleth-
Their latest icon of slime
Is the one who dropped the dime on
Partners in the Watergate crime

But is Felt really "Deep Throat"
Or is his confession just a ruse
By the ratings-challenged networks
To try to make real news

Or is it that his family
Finds itself down on luck
And so promotes a sleazy book deal-
Anything to make a buck


24 posted on 06/02/2005 5:46:14 AM PDT by Texan5 (You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line...)
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To: secret garden

It's orginal function was a filtering device, the unknown (to the user) nuances of which would belie the user as a spy.

So, it's kinda fun that the Left goes apoplectic when we spot their code words and call them on it. Politically correct terms, refusing to call a terrorist a terrorist, always using the phrase, "right wing" to describe a Republican, and never using "left wing" to describe a Democrat, are all shibboleths that helpfully identify the smiling speaker no matter what else they may profess.

We've even evolved to shibboleth sarcasm with phrases like, "pajamajadin" or "not that there's anything wrong with that" or, "I have the utmost respect for our troops, but..."

Now, off to work!

Happy B'day, G.


25 posted on 06/02/2005 5:48:29 AM PDT by January24th (untagged and untracked)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa; gwmoore; secret garden
I'll see your cheesecake, and raise you a Bacon Cheseburger.

Happy Birthday GW!

26 posted on 06/02/2005 5:48:42 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you dont have to...." ;)
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To: secret garden; gwmoore
hey greg, here's yer cake!


27 posted on 06/02/2005 6:01:33 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: January24th

YOU GOT A JOB and DIDN"T TELL US??? : (


28 posted on 06/02/2005 6:01:59 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: P.O.E.

Watergate, with Mr. Felt's assistance, seems to have made The Washington Post another co-equal branch of government....a notion the Post apparently still clings to today.


29 posted on 06/02/2005 6:12:38 AM PDT by TheGrimReaper ("Virtue begat Prosperity, and the daughter killed the mother". - Cotton Mather, 1720.)
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To: TheGrimReaper
BBQ anyone?

13,500 chickens topple off truck

30 posted on 06/02/2005 6:22:09 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: secret garden
Donna Brazille spouts off the usual left wing shibboleths because that's all they have.
31 posted on 06/02/2005 6:23:07 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Send a message, defeat (Pat) Dewine this June 14, www.gobrinkman.com)
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To: Gabz

Mmmmmmm....chicken baked on hot asphalt....tasty!


32 posted on 06/02/2005 6:25:38 AM PDT by TheGrimReaper ("Virtue begat Prosperity, and the daughter killed the mother". - Cotton Mather, 1720.)
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To: secret garden

Believing the Bible
has become
a big shiboleth
branding those
who choose to believe
that their genitalia's bing
has more beatitude
than the Holy Spirit.


33 posted on 06/02/2005 6:27:18 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: TheGrimReaper

Farily common occurance in these here parts !


34 posted on 06/02/2005 6:31:55 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: xsmommy

I just told 'ya! LOL!!

Fun, part-time, no big responsibilites, very creative...

:o)


35 posted on 06/02/2005 6:33:23 AM PDT by January24th (untagged and untracked)
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To: January24th

sounds absolutely perfect!


36 posted on 06/02/2005 6:33:49 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

Deep Throat's uncover
Ends media shibboleth.
'Twas all politics.


37 posted on 06/02/2005 6:43:11 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (<a HREF="http://www.democraticunderground.com">Fruits and Nuts</a>)
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To: hobbes1; Hegewisch Dupa; gwmoore; secret garden; xsmommy
I can't figure out how to use today's word in reference to this story, but Dick Morris must be smiling about it: 10-year-old forced to lick teacher's toes
38 posted on 06/02/2005 6:48:34 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: VRWCmember

This gives lie to the shibboleth that that tenure doesn't prevent Getting rid of teachers for inexcusable behavior.


39 posted on 06/02/2005 6:52:39 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you dont have to...." ;)
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To: Gabz
Hi Gabz! Here's your ribbon!
40 posted on 06/02/2005 7:03:05 AM PDT by secret garden (Go Spurs Go!)
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To: MortMan

Alliteration and proper use of the WFTD. Impressive. A++.


41 posted on 06/02/2005 7:04:03 AM PDT by secret garden (Go Spurs Go!)
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To: P.O.E.

Here's to reminiscing! A++.


42 posted on 06/02/2005 7:04:53 AM PDT by secret garden (Go Spurs Go!)
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To: secret garden

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!


43 posted on 06/02/2005 7:05:21 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: secret garden; Constitution Day
Constitution Day, this AM, proposed that Billy Idol's White Wedding, might be an appropriate shibboleth for the runaway bride... and i heartily concur : )


44 posted on 06/02/2005 7:06:11 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

I was afraid you might give me a hefty anagram. I love poetry, especially when it rhymes. A++.


45 posted on 06/02/2005 7:06:21 AM PDT by secret garden (Go Spurs Go!)
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To: Gabz

If we can stop at Cracker Barrel, why can't they? A+++


46 posted on 06/02/2005 7:08:33 AM PDT by secret garden (Go Spurs Go!)
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To: LonePalm

Excellent offering for the morning. Nutritious and delicious. :-)


47 posted on 06/02/2005 7:09:41 AM PDT by secret garden (Go Spurs Go!)
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To: Jaded

You betcha!


48 posted on 06/02/2005 7:10:23 AM PDT by secret garden (Go Spurs Go!)
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To: xsmommy

Wow.

Deer in the headlights.


49 posted on 06/02/2005 7:11:24 AM PDT by Constitution Day (It's hard to get an answer when you haven't got a clue)
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To: Texan5

Don't work too hard! A++


50 posted on 06/02/2005 7:11:27 AM PDT by secret garden (Go Spurs Go!)
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